On June 13 at the Friar’s Club in New York City, U.S. Pain’s Nicole Hemmenway received Grunenthal’s annual Unsung Hero Award. The Unsung Hero Award is given to an individual who has excelled in the five following areas: relevance of the individual’s work in the pain community, effectiveness of their work, evidence of the individual’s creativity in their work, a broad outreach by the individual to all those in the pain community, and the devotion of the individual in building awareness and change for the pain community.
National Director of Policy and Advocacy Cindy Steinberg has had a busy month. On Jan. 3, she was featured in a Boston Globe article about the impact of clinicians prescribing fewer opioids. The article featured a study of 3,000 clinicians across the country. More than one-third said the reduction in prescribing has hurt patients with chronic pain. Just over half of all respondents said they had cut back on opioid prescribing within the past two years or so, while more than two-thirds of family medicine and internal medicine doctors had done so.