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A new publication from the Trust for America’s Health[i], TFAH.org, a non-partisan public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, shows that deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicides have leveled off for the first time since when records were first kept in 1999.

In 2018, more than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol, drugs, and suicide combined.[ii] The 2018 death rate of 46.4 deaths per 100,000 is level with the 2017 rate of 46.6 per 100,000. This is the first time since 1999 when there hasn’t been an annual increase in the combined figure and the first time in years that there hasn’t been a sizable increase.

However, the stabilization of alcohol, drug, and suicide deaths was not uniform. Some causes, places, and populations had positive or stable trends, many had a decline in the magnitude of the increases, and others are continuing to rise too quickly.

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One of the greatest threats to the pain community is the use of government-paid “experts” who tout overly restrictive prescribing practices while testifying against well-intended physicians. These “experts” put physicians in fear of prescribing pain medication under the threat of license discipline or criminal prosecution.

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Chronic pain being discussed on Dr. Drew with Don't Punish Pain Founder Claudia Merandi Follow this link

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Locating a pain management doctor has become a daunting task. Click here to find one in your area.

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Rally founder, Claudia A. Merandi, discusses the difficulties the pain community is enduring accessing pain management.
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nytimes.com

In a newly published guide, federal health officials say doctors “should never abandon” pain patients and warn of acute withdrawal and other risks.

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abcnews.go.com

U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions.

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Reporthhs.gov

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) required the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to develop the Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations - PDF*, which identified gaps or inconsistencies, and proposed updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain.

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