Friday, September 19, 2014

Karen Lee Richards's Posts

September 2014: Chronic Pain Awareness Activities

September is Pain Awareness Month and a number of chronic pain organizations are sponsoring events and activities to help spread the word about chronic pain and the toll it takes on the lives of those who suffer with it.   There was a time – not too long ago – when people living with chronic pain were pretty much on their own.... Read moreChevron

Tramadol Now a Schedule IV Drug

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has officially designated tramadol as a Schedule IV substance under the Controlled Substance Act, effective August 18, 2014. On the federal level, until this action, tramadol was an unscheduled prescription medication. However, a number of states had already proactively reclassified it as a controlled... Read moreChevron

Online Study for Caregivers Recruiting

Two years ago the University of Maryland conducted a chronic pain study, which some of you took part in. Now they are conducting another online study for caregivers and have invited our chronic pain community to participate.   The purpose of the study is to learn more about the experiences and needs of caregivers, who are often overlooked. If... Read moreChevron

208 New Pain-Related Laws Across U.S.

As most chronic pain patients are well aware, both federal and state governments across the U.S. are looking for ways to curb prescription drug abuse. While their motives may be noble, sometimes their actions have unintended consequences. Too often laws intended to make it more difficult for abusers to gain access to narcotics end up also making... Read moreChevron

Help Fight the Stigma of Chronic Illness – Vote in the Live Bold Photo Contest

Last month I told you about the Live Bold Photo Contest being sponsored by HealthCentral in an effort to help us all fight the stigma that often comes when we live with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions.   More than 50 entries have been received and now it's time for you to choose the... Read moreChevron