On Feb. 12, for the first time in years, Congress held a hearing on chronic pain. We were proud to have Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, as one of the four selected witnesses who gave testimony. As a reminder, you can watch a recording of the hearing here.
Hearing makes headlines
The hearing–and Steinberg’s remarks in particular–received a multitude of coverage at the national and local level. Here are some of those articles.
- Woman in cot testifies to Congress on opioids, chronic pain management, NBC News, Feb. 12.
- Senators focus on marijuana’s role in combatting the opioid crisis, Marijuana Moment, Feb. 12.
- Opioid crackdown said to leave out pain patients, McClatchy DC Bureau, Feb. 12.
- Pain patients to Congress: CDC’s Opioid Guideline is Hurting Us, MedPage Today, Feb. 13.
- Patient advocate tells U.S. Senate Committee “Pain conversation is long overdue,“ National Pain Report.
- Woman Testifies About Chronic Pain, Opioids From Cot, The Fix, Feb. 15.
- D.C. Week: Revision in CDC Opioid Guidelines Demanded, MedPage Today, Feb. 15.
- A conversation about pain management is long overdue, ProHealth.com, Feb. 20.
- U.S. Pain Foundation patient turned advocate speaks to Senate, Practical Pain Management, Feb. 21.
Keep the momentum going
The hearing was an enlightening and important discussion. But we need to have more of them.
We are encouraging people with pain to help build on the momentum by asking their Senators to prioritize pain at the national level. It is especially important we contact Senators on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
It only takes one minute to participate in our letter-writing campaign via the links below. First, check here to see if your Senator sits on the HELP Committee. If one of your Senators is listed there, click here.
If your Senator isn’t on the HELP Committee, you can still send a general note thanking Congress for hosting a hearing on pain by clicking here.