PRESS RELEASE - Pain Patients Advocacy Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (3/6/16)
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
American Pain Institute (API)
Virginia Brooks, Chair
National Juneteenth Pain Patients Commission
National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
National Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC)
Rally for doctors and chronic-pain sufferers
Dr. Ronald Myers, Sr.
, president of the American Pain Institute's Mississippi chapter, leads applause
(right) of Greenville, president of the Mississippi Coalition for Patient
Rights and Chronic Pain Management, who calls for legislative support for physicians who treat
chronic-pain patients,during a news conference at the Capitol.
(AP Photo) - 2003
April 23-30, 2017
(Roland, Oklahoma) - If you see anyone wearing a red ribbon during the month of April, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.,
Founder & Chairman of the American Pain Institute (API) and Virginia Brooks, Chair of the National
Pain Patients Commission for the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), want you to remember that
millions of Americans suffer with chronic pain. The last week of April has been established as National Pain Patients
Advocacy Week and chronic pain sufferers throughout the country are contacting the White House, members of the
U.S. Congress, Governors and state legislators to push for continued access to pain medications needed
to lead functional lives.
Held annually during the last week of April, in remembrance of the 2003 and 2004 marches on Washington, "America's In
Pain!" - MARCH ON WASHINGTON - "Silent No More!", demanding congressional hearings on the pain crises in
America, chronic pain patients and the doctors who treat them agree that the crises has worsened.
A June 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine states, "Chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults,
more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also cost the nation up to $635 billion
each year in medical treatment and lost productivity."
"Fewer and fewer doctors are treating pain patients because of the fear of revocation of their medical licenses by
actions of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state medical boards," states Rev., Dr. Myers. "Now
the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has joined forces with the DEA to force pharmacist to severely cut back
on the number of certain pain medications they fill by 60 to 85 percent. This has created a treatment crises for many
chronic pain patients."
Rev., Dr. Myers considers the approach taken by law enforcement, government agencies and regulatory boards concerning
the problem of prescription drug abuse in America, in many cases, as immoral, unethical and lacking compassion. This has led
to law abiding chronic pain patients seeking legitimate medical care to be treated like drug adducts. Physicians who treat
them with the highest of professional medical standards in pain care through the proper use of prescription drugs are
treated like drug dealers and criminals.
In a letter to Dr. Myers, former Staff Physician at the Wellness Clinic of Roland, in Roland, Oklahoma, a
patient writes, "Ridiculous, stupid, inhumane and many, many more adjectives to describe the unjust treatment we as pain
patients are having to face in this state," states Thomas J. Ross, an Arkansas resident working with the National
Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC). "I never realized how difficult (impossible) it would be to find a compassionate
doctor like you in my own state of Arkansas."
Many consider Arkansas the worst state in the United States for pain care. Rev., Dr. Myers was very disturbed by the number
of people who chose suicide over living daily with chronic pain. He began organizing pain patients to advocate for the
treatment of their medical condition with the very people they elect to office to serve them in the U.S. Congress
and state legislatures across the country.
"We as chronic pain patients must advocate for the compassionate treatment of our chronic medical condition," states
Virginia Brooks. "We should no longer tolerate being ridiculed and treated like drug addicts when we seek much needed
medical attention. We will no longer remain silent."
For information on Pain Patients Advocacy Week, the National Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC) or the
American Pain Institute (API), contact Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016 or 662-247-1471, e-mail:
JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com; Virginia Brooks at 662-702-3825, e-mail:
email@example.com; web sites: