Pain Relief Network Mission Statement (We Have Someone Fighting For Us To Get Our Pain Medications)

Pain Relief Network Mission Statement (We Have Someone Fighting For Us To Get Our Pain Medications)

ALL FRIENDS, FAMILY OR ANYONE WITH CHRONIC AND/OR INTRACTABLE PAIN THAT WANTS TO HELP WITH CHANGES IN THE LAW, PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PRN Mission Statement December 22, 2006 in News by News

Jan 1, 2003 Press Release


Pain Relief Network (PRN) was formed to oppose the Federal Government crackdown on the treatment of chronic pain. We have raised awareness of this issue in the media, and developed and implemented a Clinical Litigation Project.


People in severe chronic pain are the most disenfranchised and voiceless minority in America today. They exist in the darkness created by the myth of available care. Their daily lives are truly a hell on earth. When people in pain realize that they require daily opioid pain medications, they are met with derision and suspicion, by their family and friends.


Their physicians treat them as though they had become criminals subjecting them to mandatory drug testing, and coercing them into signing away their medical privacy rights to law enforcement.


Imagine suffering a catastrophic accident, and developing chronic pain. Most assume that when this occurs, our physicians will properly manage or pain. We are mistaken. Our assumptions about our access to pain care are a myth. This unfortunate reality is confirmed in the following statement by Dr. Russell Portenoy, Chairman of the Department of Pain and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center:


Unrelieved pain is a huge public health problem and is absolutely devastating to individuals and families. Although patients with pain should expect to see health care professionals with state-of-the-art knowledge of pain medicine, this is not the case. Although patients with serious medical illnesses, like cancer or AIDS, should expect to have pain routinely managed, undertreatment is common.


Not even dying children are protected from the chilling effect of drug prohibition on palliative care. The parents of 89% of children who died in Boston hospitals during the 1990’s reported that their children suffered “a great deal” before they died.


Jane Brody revealed in the New York Times (February 8, 2005) that physicians may not prescribe opioid painkillers in doses sufficient to control postsurgical pain, not even to her. She reported, in fact, that her doctors decreased her dose of opioids in response to her reports of increased pain, following knee surgery.


The sort of damaging and irrational treatment Ms. Brody received is the norm. This arises from the fact that physicians cannot think rationally about pain control because prescribing opioid analgesics represents a serious threat to their livelihoods and to their freedom. The medical profession, as a result, finds itself in the throes of an ethical conundrum. Luckily for Ms. Brody, she recovered from her knee surgery and her pain ceased. Millions are not so lucky.


Undertreatment of pain prevents many patients from recovering from surgeries and injuries. Chronic pain arising in this manner is iatrogenic. For these unfortunate patients, their lives are over. Their marriages crumble. Their children are taken from them, and they slip into poverty. They do not want to commit suicide but are often forced to. This carnage goes unacknowledged because, while chronic pain is know to dramatically increase the risk of suicide, society provides no mechanism to record the actual incidence of such deaths.


All of society participates in the marginalization of pain victims, as we attempt to deny the possibility that our fellow man would abandon us to the same infinite suffering. The criminalization of opioids and the ninety years of anti-drug propaganda accompanying it has reinforced this perfect circle of hell on earth.


At PRN we are challenging the Government’s high profile crackdown on pain treatment. We accomplish this both inside and outside the courtroom. Through our Clinical Litigation project we support seven appeals in and have developed core documents and tactical approaches that we have shared with physicians who have suffered unwarranted prosecution. In our media and public awareness work, we exploit the publicity generated by these prosecutions as an opportunity to educate citizens to the causal relationship between the lack of available pain care, and drug prohibition.


On several occasions we have gone to Washington, DC to brief and meet with Members of Congress. We have engaged in a campaign of ‘grass-tops’ organizing, pushing academic pain and addiction physicians to tell the truth regarding the nature of the threat posed to pain treating physicians.


We have transformed undertreated pain into a national issue. The National Association of Attorneys Generals has taken the DEA to task for its overzealous behavior, and the AMA is becoming increasingly involved in reporting the crisis. Awareness is growing that the war on drugs has become a war on sick people and that physicians are being prosecuted for prescribing legal pain-relieving medications, in good faith.


Still, there is much work to be done. We are redeveloping our website to harness the growing interest that we have generated, and to mobilize it into an active political constituency. We are also working to move organized medicine to take a stand against the DEA and to support legislation, which will clarify the language in the Controlled Substances Act, making the state’s regulation of medicine explicit and operative.


Finally, our analysis has revealed that drug prohibition has saddled medicine with a set of law enforcement imperatives that operate in direct conflict with the humanitarian mission of medicine. It is this fundamental error in social policy, which we seek to remedy. Our ultimate goal is to free medicine of these imperatives and to normalize societal attitudes toward opioids throughout the world.



  1. I too am suffering from chronic pain due to an automobile accident that occured in my early 20’s. I was thrown out of a car when it hit a tree at 50 m.p.h. I fractured my skull in two places and received major trauma to my upper spine. Unfortunately, now I am suffering complications with the neck injury due to athritis. I must suffer with excrutiating pain with no relief as I can not find a doctor that will prescribe pain medication, even through they have acknowledged this injury via x-rays, and actually told me that the C-5 through 7 vertibra are in horrible shape. I really don’t know what to do at this point. Any suggestions?

    Thank you,


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