The Chronic Pain Epidemic: What's to Be Done?

Webinar //


Nov 10 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST


More than 100 million Americans struggle with chronic pain, according to one Institute of Medicine estimate, at an annual cost of as much as $635 billion in treatment and lost productivity. Further, the misuse of potent opioid painkillers, while increasing risk of addiction and abuse, can confuse the conversation around appropriate chronic pain management. This Forum brings together a panel of experts to discuss the causes, treatment and impact of chronic pain, while exploring the neuroscience behind the pain experience. The panelists will examine how clinicians can best serve their patients, highlighting the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ recent National Pain Strategy. The Forum will also look at myriad pain management options, including marijuana and mindfulness meditation. And panelists will examine relevant pain care policies, including prescription monitoring program regulations, drug development and funding for research.


Josephine Briggs, Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH 

Anne Louise Oaklander, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and an attending neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Vaughan Rees, addiction specialist and Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, U.S. Pain Foundation, and Member, Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, NIH 


David Freeman, Managing Editor, Impact & Innovation, The Huffington Post 

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We'll be conducting a live chat on The Forum's Chronic Pain Epidemic web page.

Questions? Contact The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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