PAINWeek 2012 Opens in Las Vegas, Marks the Start of Pain Awareness Month

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The PAINWeek National Conference will present the Living Beyond Pain Gallery™ sponsored by Purdue Pharma L.P.

PAINWeek, the national conference on pain for frontline practitioners, will convene its 6th annual gathering, PAINWeek 2012, on September 5 in Las Vegas. This year’s conference will also debut an expanded Living Beyond Pain ™ Gallery, sponsored by Purdue Pharma L.P.

September is also Pain Awareness Month, and Debra Weiner, Director of Program Development for PAINWeek noted: “We are proud to be contributing to this collaborative effort to raise awareness of issues in pain and pain treatment. The management of chronic pain today is nothing less than a national health crisis. With over 100 million patients in pain, and fewer than 4000 pain specialists currently practicing in the US, patient access to knowledgeable care is a significant problem. Primary care providers must become better prepared to provide effective pain management, and this is the mission of PAINWeek.”

Now the largest US pain conference, PAINWeek 2012 is poised to welcome over 1500 healthcare practitioners from a variety of medical specialties—compelling evidence of the substantial interest in pain management by frontline clinicians. This year, PAINWeek is offering noteworthy enhancements to its conference agenda, including programs presented by the American Pain Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and the Veterans Health Administration. Now featuring some 18 different course tracks, PAINWeek 2012 is the most comprehensive conference of certified pain management education available.

The Living Beyond Pain Gallery is a multimedia showcase that presents real stories of coping, managing, and moving beyond pain. First introduced at PAINWeek 2011, the Gallery is now enhanced with additional contributions from the US Pain Foundation’s INVisible Project and is sponsored by In the Face of Pain® (, an online resource for pain advocacy information, tools and resources. In the Face of Pain is a service of Purdue Pharma L.P.

About PAINWeek
PAINWeek is the nation’s largest pain conference for frontline practitioners with an interest in pain management. Convening for its 6th consecutive year, September 5-8, 2012 in Las Vegas, PAINWeek will again welcome over 1500 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals for a comprehensive program of course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. Over 100 hours of continuing medical education activities will be presented. To learn more and register for PAINWeek 2012, visit

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