The Chronic Pain Epidemic


The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums
Presented in Collaboration with The Huffington Post and in Association with Harvard Health Publications

Watch the live webcast here, Thursday, Novemeber 10, 2016, 12:30-1:30pm ET

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, meant to help manage pain, can increase the risk of addiction and abuse. This Forum brings together a panel of experts to discuss the causes, treatment and impact of chronic pain, 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.


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


Linda Porter
Director of the Office of Pain Policy, National Institutes of Health;
Co-chair of the National Pain Strategy

Anne Louise Oaklander
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School;
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

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