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Pain Management, An Integrated Approach
Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million
Americans and an untold number of people are affected by
acute pain.1 Important attention is being given
to the rise in abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription
pain medications, yet many people still receive inadequate
pain assessment and treatment.1 According to a report issued by the
National Institutes of Health, 40 percent to 70 percent of
people with chronic pain are not receiving proper medical
treatment.2 Proper medical treatment can
include physical therapy and rehabilitation,
psychological counseling, social support, medication and
other complementary approaches.
medications are necessary, there must be full recognition
of potential side effects and appropriate management of
the medications. Equally important, there must also be a
commitment to safely use, store and dispose of such
medications, if prescribed, as part of the pain management
Goals of the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM)
* Ensure people with or affected by pain have appropriate
access to integrated, effective and safe care, such as
physical therapy and rehabilitation, psychological
counseling, social support, medication and other
* Reinforce the critical need to safely prescribe,
dispense, take, store and dispose of prescription
medications with an aim to reduce abuse, misuse and
* Support organizations and individuals who share a common
goal to reduce pain, improve care and advocate for
responsible use of medicine.
* Share tools and materials for its members to educate
their constituents and the public about integrated pain
management strategies and responsible use of medicine.
1 Institute of Medicine.
Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming
Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, DC:
The National Academies Press; 2011.
2 National Institutes of Health. Pathways to Prevention
Workshop: The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic
Pain. Draft Executive Summary. September 29-30, 2014.
Alliance for Balanced