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September is National Pain Awareness Month

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September 25, 2017

MONTGOMERY – Across the United States, September is National Pain Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, chronic pain is the nation’s primary cause of lost workdays. The Alabama Pharmacy Association and its members want people to understand that pain affects more people than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. The most common type of pain is lower back pain, followed by severe headaches or migraines. It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

  • Chronic pain is an invisible epidemic that affects people of all ages and backgrounds
  • 100 million people in the U.S. live with chronic pain
  • Many people conceal their pain because of stigma or shame
  • The personal, societal, and financial costs of chronic pain are enormous

Pharmacists, as active members of the healthcare partnership, strive to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the general public that pain is a serious public health issue. Pain is a costly epidemic that causes millions of Americans to suffer. Pain Awareness Month is intended to get citizens to recognize the effects of pain, the symptoms associated with pain and find appropriate relief so they can regain their quality of life. “Pharmacists care about the management of pain,” said Louise Jones, APA executive director. “Our members want to ensure that their patients understand how to take medications, especially those who do not speak English or lack skills to understand written information.”


If you are interested in having a pharmacist speak with your community group about Chronic Pain and Management of Chronic Pain please contact the APA office.


The Alabama Pharmacy Association is a nonprofit professional organization with over 2,500 members statewide. The APA offers continuing education programs for pharmacists and technicians, and members take a leading role in lobbying for pharmacy at the state and national level. Established in 1881, APA is the oldest professional organization for pharmacy in Alabama. APA members represent all practices of pharmacy and are committed to their profession and their patients.




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