We all know the wisdom of the saying that goes something like this, "If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." There are several opportunities for all of us to be part of the solution. In my last blog entry I mentioned the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2007 and the need for all of us to urge our congressional representatives to co-sponsor this bill. It's easy; go to American Pain Foundation Web site and click on TAKE ACTION to easily communicate with your Congressman.
There is additional good news about how to get involved. Senator Akaka from Hawaii, who is the Chairman of the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee, has introduced the Veterans' Pain Bill into the Senate. This bill will focus on improving pain care in the VA health care system and on requiring a significant increase in research on treatment for pain conditions that are relevant to people who have been in the military. We all know that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan has produced an inordinate number of body and nerve injuries that commonly result in a life-time of pain. To get information about this bill and to get involved, check out the APF Web site.
On November 8th, Congresswoman Capps, along with the Pain Care Forum, is sponsoring a Congressional Briefing On Pain. This event will be an important effort to educate hundreds of members of Congress about the problem of pain in America and how the National Pain Care Policy Act will improve the care of people affected by pain. It is important that as many members of Congress and their staff attend this briefing. Let your Congressman know that this issue is important to you and that you want them to support the National Pain Care Policy Act. Click here to find out how you can encourage your Congressman to attend this briefing.
Your voice is important. Your voice, added to all other "your voices" will make the difference in making improved pain care and improved pain research a national health priority.