American Pain Rights Act sign now

Dear President Obama:
All across our Nation from all walks of life too many Americans suffer from chronic Pain. Their dried voices remain mute and distant as fading stars to the health care industry that continues to neglect their pain without just cause. As Human Rights Watch indicated last year in their report on pain care, pain causes terrible suffering. Too many Americans suffer terribly from pain- which is for many a life- ruining condition. Even infants in neonatal intensive care are not immune to poor or even absent pain care which research has shown has long term consequences for their well being. The evidence is clear that for every pain condition whether it is plantar fascitis, cancer, arthritis, sickle cell disease, RSD, SCI,low back pain, fibromyalgia or interstitial cystitis, to name a few, there is ample documentation of inadequate research and inadequate care for all pain conditions. There is documentation that in every treatment setting as well, from the NICU to hospices, that pain care is inadequate. Even your own staff Dr Landis of the Pain Consortium a few years ago indicated treatment for pain is woefully inadequate. Currently plans to improve pain care are neither ambitious nor energetic enough to meet the needs of Americans. Moreover, Americans who receive pain care face an adversarial bureaucracy as Dr Fishman indicated and are often mistreated by the health care industry due to longstanding neglect and this mistreatment often adds greatly to their suffering.
In addition to the 77 million Americans that suffer chronic pain each year, many more will suffer as pain from arthritis, neuropathy, diabetes, obesity, back pain and painful procedures is rapidly on the rise-as are the costs for pain care. Last year, the University of Ohio Medical Center indicated chronic pain is our Nations most costly health condition. The economic cost to society for pain is estimated at $300 billion per year-and rising rapidly. The human toll of suffering due to careless neglect shall not stand.
Despite the terrible cost to Americans, as the 2009 report A Call to Revolutionize Pain Care In America indicates pain remains tragically overlooked. We believe pain will continue to be tragically overlooked unless and until the Federal government creates an energetic pain rights act for all Americans. We call on you to make adequate pain care for all Americans the law of the land. We call upon you to memorialize a pain rights act in good faith as follows:
The Federal government will establish a vision of lowering the prevalence of all painful conditions for All Americans through primary prevention and curative treatments as well as much improved access to useful information on pain to all Americans- and not just the health care industry.
All health care providers providing treatments for pain be required to have thoroughgoing education in pain care as part of their professional licensing this education will ensure that health care providers have sufficient emotional intelligence, consultative skills as well as technical competencies and ensure that health care providers will not dismiss, discount or prejudicially treat anyone with pain.
Enforce International law against cruel and degrading treatment in pain care including- no one will be denied adequate pain care on the basis of whether or not a health care provider believes the person has pain, or has a history of substance abuse or believes that treating pain will interfere with their own goals/objectives as medical providers. Pain relief needs to be patient centered and not medicocentric. The federal government shall investigate and impose fines on any provider that fails to honor the Pain Rights Act.
Ensure all Americans who seek pain care will receive timely humane, individualized, effective pain care to include as desired comfort-oriented care, curative and regenerative care and pain management.
A pain registry shall be established which will allow all citizens in keeping with Recommendation 86-6 of the former ACUS to report and share their experience with all other Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services shall spend no less than 4\% of the research budget on pain . Pain shall be officially designated as a disease and have its own institute at NIH- The National Pain Institute A much more diverse research agenda beyond the biomedical paradigm should be created.
The research agenda at NIH and IOM on pain must include 50\% representation from advisory committees for people in pain who are removed to the seventh degree from people in the medical field.
Research needs to include much more primary prevention, curative and regenerative treatments so that people in pain arent forced to be dependent on suboptimal pain treatments indefinitely.
Research needs to be diversitarian and not focused on just biomedical palliation. Research on making treatment algorithms much more sophisticated and combinatorial treatments based on the biopsychosocial model will be much better funded.
People with pain shall be given much more adequate information about treatment options whether they are officially recognized or not and their own generative decision support systems which are adaptive so that illiteracy regarding treatment options and the ever-widening gap between the information available to health care providers and people in pain no longer exists and that those who want to explore and develop their own treatment regimens are given the tools to do so.

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  • 13 December 2015200. Caitlin W
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015199. Mrs Triestekb
    I have IC with PFD
  • 27 November 2015198. Christina G
    This is absolutely necessary for the rights of patients with medical issues require treatment for pain.
  • 29 October 2015197. William P
    Treat pain patients with respect
  • 26 October 2015196. Lisa Mm
    Please help those of us with chronic pain.
  • 15 October 2015195. Thomas K
  • 02 October 2015194. Mark E
  • 30 September 2015193. Penny T
    Please, President Obama, so many need help.
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  • 17 August 2015190. Cathy T
    When you travel and see our beautiful world, and your children and grandchildren playing ball on the lawn.... remember in a heartbeat, you could miss out on this as quickly as us. And the meds would be the only way you could live and enjoy.
  • 26 July 2015189. Jana Lq
    Please help us! I have had a dbl mastectomy and 3 knee surgeries...I STILL am in lots of pain!PLEASE?? Thanks
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    Please help us!
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  • 12 June 2015184. Stephen M
    I'm a cancer patient with severe intractable pain. Because of the rampant Opiophobia caused by the epidemic of anti-opioid propaganda, I can no longer get adequate treatment. Pain patients aren't addicts and we aren't criminals, we didn't choose to live i
  • 21 May 2015183. Buddy C
    All people suffering with chronic pain deserve access to pain relief!
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  • 17 March 2015179. Kevin Mcqueeneys
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  • 03 March 2015178. Dominic R
    I am a family member to a chronic pain patient. The way our country treats chronic pain patients as second class citizens is another sad blight on The United States name in health care. If your Presidency is to be remembered as trans formative of US Healt
  • 23 February 2015177. Loring E
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  • 04 January 2015174. Janet D
    This needs AWARENESS & care to those who need it, please!

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