Chronic pain represents a substantial public health issue with tremendous economic, social, and medical costs. As the percentage of the U.S. population utilizing opioid analgesics for pain control grows, so do the rates of abuse, misuse, and overdose of these drugs. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the seriousness of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States. As a medical organization, we must address the ongoing public health responsibility to provide adequate pain management.
The AAFP is actively working toward addressing pain managment and opioid abuse problems in the U.S. through advocacy, collaboration, and education.
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