People with Pain Matter Launches National Campaign Supporting National Investment in Pain Research and Access to Pain Therapies

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U.S. Pain Foundation and People Living with Chronic Pain Call for Presidential Candidates, Congress to Increase Investment in Pain Research

People with Pain Matter
“Those with pain deserve to be heard and they deserve access to all forms of pain relief.” - Paul Gileno

On the eve of National Pain Awareness Month, the U.S. Pain Foundation announces the launch of People with Pain Matter, a national campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of chronic pain on the lives of nearly 100 million people. The campaign will dedicate its efforts to raise awareness of the urgent needs of people living with pain, combat the stigmatization of people with pain, and call for a national investment in pain research to develop new pain therapies and treatments.

Today, only one percent of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding is targeted to pain research. People with Pain Matter will mobilize citizens to take legislative and regulatory actions, engage candidates for public office and members of the media, and leverage social media to encourage policymakers, candidates, and other healthcare stakeholders to enact policies that recognize that people with pain matter. Its website,, provides a platform for stakeholder education and engagement.

U.S. Pain Foundation’s 70,000 members and 100,000-plus social media followers are making themselves heard. “Just because your pain may be quiet doesn’t mean you have to be,” said Paul Gileno, CEO of the U.S. Pain Foundation. “Together, we must champion pain care improvements in America. Those with pain deserve to be heard and they deserve access to all forms of pain relief.”

One-third of US citizens experience chronic pain. This includes a range of conditions including cancer, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic injuries. Yet, people with chronic conditions are increasingly being denied access to pain relief. Labeled as addiction risks, many people with pain have no other options and no access to medical disciplines that reduce pain by treating the whole person. “It is time to remove the barriers to care caused by destructive public perception and marginalization of people with pain,” Gileno concluded.

About the U.S. Pain Foundation

The U.S. Pain Foundation was created by and for people with pain. As a patient-based nonprofit, the Foundation is committed to ensuring the advancement of public policies that address the needs of the millions of people living with pain. For further information, visit or

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