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Public Health Groups Urge Lawmakers Not to Reduce Access to Effective Pain Treatments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 14, 2011 – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), together with several organizations representing people living with pain, sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives today urging lawmakers to maintain patient access to opioid medicines -- pain relieving drugs that have benefits when properly used.
In the letter, which was sent in advance of a hearing on pain treatment in the Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the groups agree that the non-medical use of prescription opioids, such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone, is a serious public health issue. But they oppose the strategy proposed in H.R. 1316, a bill that would limit the medication’s indicated use to treat only “severe” pain. Restricting access to the medication would take a safe and effective medicine away from millions of people living with moderate pain. The letter asked the committee to expand its review and consider the value of these medicines for people with pain who take them as properly prescribed.
Read the full text of the letter for more information.
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