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Calling ALL Pain Warriors, It's NOW or NEVER!

Calling ALL Pain Warriors, It's NOW or NEVER!Calling ALL Pain Warriors, It's NOW or NEVER!

The Practice of Medicine has Been Hijacked by the Government

Our country's compassionate Health Care Providers are under attack and  being scrutinized by State & Federal Regulators,  Law Enforcement,  and Policy Makers. 

We need ALL Health Care Professionals  to join our movement to restore the sacred doctor patient relationship, patient autonomy, and help implement  balanced policies that focus on  individualized treatment based on each patients complexities and specific needs. 

April 20, 2019


American Medical Association Resources

Important Updates, Reports  Resolutions on 

Opioid Prescribing 

AMA Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report

American Medical Association

The 2019 progress report highlights physician action and the immediate need for policymakers to focus on removing barriers to evidence-based treatment.


2019 Recommendations of the AMA Opioid Task Force

American Medical Association

New recommendations that urge policymakers to protect patients’ access to evidence-based treatment, remove barriers to comprehensive pain care.


Here are the AMA Opioid Task Force report’s highlights.

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of opioid prescriptions fell by more than 80 million—a 33% drop nationally. And prescription opioid total morphine milligram equivalents have fallen 43% since 2011, dropping by 17.1% in 2018 alone. Every state has seen a decrease in opioid prescriptions over the last five years.

Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the nation saw a 12.4% drop in opioid prescriptions. That’s 20 million fewer prescriptions.

Meanwhile, America’s physicians are using state prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs) more than ever. More than 460 million queries were made in 2018, more than triple the 136 million queries in 2016.

Prescriptions for the life-saving opioid overdose antidote naloxone rose from 136,395 in 2016 to nearly 600,000 in 2018.

Also, more than 700,000 physicians and other health professionals completed continuing medical education trainings and accessed other Federation of Medicine education resources in 2017.

You can find educational offerings geared to your state or medical specialty at the AMA’s End the Epidemic website.

The number of physicians certified to provide buprenorphine in-office also continues to rise. More than 66,000 physicians are now certified, a rise of more than 28,000 physicians and other providers since 2016.

New Opioid Analgesics Complimentary Education

American Society of Anesthesiologists


Pain Management

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Discover how physician anesthesiologists can help you safely and effectively manage pain from surgery, injury, labor or chronic conditions.


Considerations for Long-Term Opioid Use in Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain Conditions

American Society of Anesthesiologists


Ensuring Emergency Department Patient Access to Appropriate Pain Treatment

American College of Emergency Physicians


Pain Management Program 2018 Update

American Society of Clinical Oncology

This program will cover topics in Pain Management including: Pain Assessment, Opioid Titration, Understanding and Managing Adverse Effects of Opioid Analgesics, and Achieving Balance: Under or Overtreatment of Pain in Oncology.


Center for Quality: Chronic Pain and Safe Opioid Prescribing
American College of Physicians

CME: Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
American College of Physicians

State Requirements for Pain Management CME

Each state’s medical licensing board has its own set of licensure requirements for continuing education. Find your state in the list below to review the required CME credits and licensure periods.

Always check with your state medical board for the latest CME requirements.

  • Introducing Pain Management & Opioids from NEJM Knowledge+
  • Over 60 case-based questions with feedback and resource links
  • Mapped to the FDA Opioid Analgesic REMS blueprint
  • Current guidelines in the appropriate use of opioids for pain management
  • Evidence-based strategies for recognizing and treating opioid use disorder
  • Convenient, mobile access for iOS and Android devices



Board of Trustees | American Medical Association
AMA announces Board of Trustees for 2019-2020. 

AMA announces Board of Trustees for 2018-2019 | American Medical Association
Jun 13, 2018 · The AMA introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

AMA House of Delegates | AMA - American Medical Association

Opioid Epidemic | American Medical Association
Opioid prescriptions fell by 33% over five years, says 2019 AMA Opioid Task Force report.

AMA Advocacy Update | May 2, 2019 - American Medical Association
May 3, 2019 · CDC says misapplication of opioid prescribing guidelines have harmed patients ...

Medical Associations & More

About the American Academy of Family Physicians

Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website,

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians( is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 152,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter( and Facebook(

About the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion.

About the American Osteopathic Association  The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 145,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. To learn more about DOs and the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, visit

About the American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,500 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit

Other Websites

American Academy of Pain Medicine


4700 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025

Phone :

847-375-4731 I Fax: 847-375-6477

Email :

American Association of Pain Management in Ultrasound


6 Virginia Road
North Reading, MA 01864

Phone :

480-442-2768 I Fax: 978-207-1293

American Society of Anesthesiologists


520 N. Northwest Highway,
Park Ridge, IL 60068-2573

Phone :

(847) 825-5586 I Fax: (847) 825-1692

Email :

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians


81 Lakeview Drive, Paducah, KY 42001

Phone :

270.554.9412 I Fax: 270.554.5394

Email :

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine


239 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1714,
Pittsburgh PA 15222

Phone :


International Anesthesia research Society


100 Pine Street
Suite 230
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone :

415-296-6900 I Fax: 415-296-6901

Email :

Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia


520 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-2573

Phone :

847-825-5586 I Fax: 847-825-5658

Email :

Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology


6737 West Washington Street Suite 1300
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Phone :

414-389-8611 I Fax: 414-276-7704

Email :

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists


209 Dickens Rd, Richmond, VA 23230-2005

Phone :

804-282-0084 I Fax: 804-282-0090

Email :

The Society for Pediatric Anesthesia


2209 Dickens Road, Richmond, VA 23230-2005

Phone :

804-282-9780 I Fax: 804-282-0090

Email :

Professional Membership Groups

AHE is the membership community of choice for health care environmental services; providing education, information, and resources necessary for its members to be the recognized authority for strategic leadership in cleaning and disinfection, environmental infection prevention, waste management and laundry operations.

AHRMM is the premier membership group for health care supply chain professionals. AHRMM strives to provide the education, information, and resources necessary for its members to remain at the top of their field.

AHVRP, a professional membership group of the AHA, is the premier professional membership society for health care volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines.

ASHE members form a community of essential partners and leaders in the field collaborating to create an optimal environment for patient healing through health care planning, design, construction and facility management.

ASHHRA represents the human side of health care and leads the way for human resources professionals to become more effective, valued, and credible leaders in the health care field.

The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) has approximately 6,000 members representing health care risk management, patient safety, risk financing and other related professions.

SHSMD is the preeminent professional organization leading, connecting, and serving professionals at all levels of the health care strategy disciplines: marketing, public relations, communications, strategic planning, physician relations and business development.

Other Individual Membership Organizations

The American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL), a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association, provides education and thought leadership for emerging nurse leaders, nurse managers, nurse directors and nurse executives.

The AHA Physician Alliance strengthens the voice of physician leaders in health policy and practice while providing tools and resources to lead well, be well and care well. Connecting hospital and health system leadership through education, technical assistance and collaboratively advancing excellence in the health of patients, their families, and communities, the Alliance is the place for physicians to unite in leadership.

The Association for Community Health Improvement, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is the premier national association for community health, community benefit and population health professionals. We provide educational resources and tools, professional development and networking opportunities to help health leaders expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving community health goals.

As the only organization devoted exclusively to managing health equity, diversity and inclusion in the health care field, the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is in a unique position to help your organization plan for a more diverse future while providing the tools to meet today’s challenges. Its resources are available to AHA institutional members as part of their membership. Personal memberships also may be purchased for non-hospital entities and students.

AHA Partnerships and Strategic Alliances

The CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Located at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious, complex illness.

Advocacy for Health Professionals

Find a local (non chain) pharmacy 

National Community Pharmacists Association


Pain Management & Practices for Prescribing

Stay ahead of the curve and continue learning about pain management and safe prescribing. These resources from AAHPM and other organizations can help increase your knowledge in pain management.

CME Requirements by State: Pain Management | NEJM Knowledge+ cme/

Pain Management TA and Training

Implementing Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Primary Care: Tools and Resources Volume 2. AHRQ, October, 2017. See Table 1: Tools for the Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder.

Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain. Includes vignettes of complicated provider-patient interactions around prescribing opioids for chronic pain. 

See also:

Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care. Provides a structured system-based approach for improving management of patients on chronic opioid therapy; includes implementation guide, tools and resources. 

PainNET. Online learning community with tools, discussion forums, blog, and other resources for chronic pain management and safe opioid prescribing. 

AAHPM Resources

External Resources

State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)

AAHPM is committed to partnering with policymakers in an effort to enhance prescribers’ knowledge and skills in order to improve care and outcomes for patients and increase public health and safety. An effective network of state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) is a key tool in such efforts.

Find your state PDMP using the AMA portal, and review AAHPM Guidelines for Effective PDMPs.

Promote Safe Storage and Disposal

Review guidance from the AMA and AAHPM on the safe storage and disposal of medications.

Use the DEA locator to find a controlled substance disposal location near you!

Understand Substance Use Disorder

It is important that every prescriber understand and effectively assess the risks for substance use disorder. Utilize the following resources to help identify these risks. 

AAHPM Opioid Partnerships

AAHPM recognizes the public health imperative to address the opioid crisis and has partnered with various organizations to provide continuing education to health care providers.

Collaborative for Relevant Education (CO*RE)

The Academy is a founding member of CO*RE, a group of 11 healthcare professional organizations that provides opioid education and information on the latest on state level data, programs, and laws related to opioids.

American Medical Association (AMA) Opioid Task Force

AAHPM is a member of the AMA Opioid Task Force. This group of healthcare associations is working to develop policy recommendations, clinical best practices, and educational resources to reduce the nation’s burden from opioid-related misuse, overdose and death.


Protect Your Practice While Protecting Your Patients

Navigating New Opioid Prescribing Requirements: Practical Legal Advice for PCPs & Pain Specialists

By Angie Drakulich, Managing Editor

With presentations from Lynn Webster, MD, and Michael Barnes, Esq

Perhaps one of the most well-attended sessions at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine was a unique presentation featuring Lynn Webster, MD, and Michael Barnes, Esq, on how changes in legislation and litigation are affecting patient care. The duo provided an engaging back-and-forth dialogue in which Dr. Webster posed common, but perhaps unvoiced, questions living in the minds of pain practitioners today, and Dr. Barnes offered a legal response.* Presented in the context of the United States’ declared national public health emergency on opioids, an increase in DEA investigations into physicians working with chronic pain patients, and a slew of legal shifts, the session provided practical recommendations for today’s healthcare provider who may be concerned about opioid prescribing.

 Read full Article Below 


Physicians Call on Politicians to End Political Interference

Frontline Physicians Call on Politicians to End Political Interference in the Delivery of Evidence Based Medicine

Our organizations are firmly opposed to efforts in state legislatures across the United States that inappropriately interfere with the patient-physician relationship, unnecessarily regulate the evidence-based practice of medicine and, in some cases, even criminalize physicians who deliver safe, legal, and necessary medical care.

Our organizations represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students serving on the front-lines of health care. We care for patients in communities across America over the course of their lives, including when they need to make critical decisions about their futures and families. The insertion of politics between patients and their physicians undermines the foundation of trust this relationship is built on and inhibits the delivery of safe, timely, and comprehensive care. Outside interference endangers our patients’ health by limiting, and sometimes altogether eliminating, access to medically accurate information and to the full range of health care.

Physicians should never face imprisonment or other penalties for providing necessary care. These laws force physicians to decide between their patients and facing criminal proceedings. Physicians must be able to practice medicine that is informed by their years of medical education, training, experience, and the available evidence, freely and without threat of criminal punishment.

Our health care system faces many challenges. We call on policymakers to partner with us to advance policies that protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, expand access to timely, evidence-based health care, and eliminate health disparities in our nation.


Breaking News in the Pain Community

The Mainstream Media is finally reporting about what's really happening to MILLIONS of pain patients across our country! 

Click HERE to read the latest groundbreaking coverage aabout the untreated pain crisis. 



List of Significant Guidance Documents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division

  • Mid-Level Practitioner's Manual: An Informational Outline of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (January, 1993) (Under Revision - Refer to the Pharmacist's Manual for general guidance. If you have a specific question, contact your Local Diversion Field Office for assistance).

More Resources

Opioid Crisis Resources

Opioid Safety and Advocacy Toolkit

There are many possible solutions to address the various elements of the current opioid crisis. These complex issues require the expertise of many stakeholders from healthcare, the communities and policy agencies in each state for success. CRNAs, SRNAs and state associations are uniquely positioned to contribute through leadership or participation in collaborative initiatives to reduce the impact of the opioid crisis in their state. The AANA offers this toolkit checklist to provide guidance and help identify opportunities to create, lead or serve when asked to be involved in a state or community initiative. 

A Collaborative Approach to Responding to the Opioid Epidemic