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Healthy People 2030 Sets Data-Driven National Objectives to Improve Health and Well-Being Over the Next Decade

About 1 in 12 adults in the United States have high-impact chronic pain. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping people with high-impact chronic pain safely manage their pain and reduce its impact. View chronic pain objec...
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NIH HEAL Offers Quantitative Evaluation of Myofascial Tissues: Potential Impact for Musculoskeletal Pain Research Workshop

The free two-day virtual workshop, jointly organized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at NIH, will take place online Sept...
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AMA Opioid Task Force Releases its 2020 Progress Report

The new report details the recent evolution of the nation's opioid epidemic and physicians' progress toward ending it. AAPM Past President Steve Stanos, DO , represents the Academy on the Task Force. Key points from the ...
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CDC Seeks Individual Perspectives on the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain - Comments due Aug. 21

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced an opportunity for stakeholders to share their individual perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including but not li...
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FDA Recommends Health Care Professionals Discuss Naloxone with All Patients when Prescribing

FDA is requiring drug manufacturers for all opioid pain relievers and medicines to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) to add new recommendations about naloxone to the prescribing information. This will help ensure that heal...
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NAM Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic Publishes Priorities, Strategies to Preserve the Health and Well-Being of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges. The pandemic is also exacerbating other ongoing public health emergencies, including the addiction crisis in the United States. During these challenging times, ...
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Prevalence of Prescription Pain Medication Use Among Adults: United States, 2015–2018

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NCHS Data Brief No. 369, June 2020. Full story . 
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Four-Part Webinar Series on Confluence of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Opioid Epidemic Begins July 20

A webinar series on the intersecting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with the national opioid epidemic is being hosted by the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP) group and Mothers Against Pr...
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AAPM Responds to CDC Call for Comments on Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

Comments submitted by the American Academy of Pain Medicine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Docket No. CDC-2020-0029 on June 15, 2020. View full comments including references. The American Academy of Pa...
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USPSTF Released Final Recommendation Statement and Evidence Summary on Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use. That Task Force found that clinicians should ask adults about their drug use and connect people who h...
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