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)
             662-392-2016     662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com

             Virginia Brooks, Chair
             National Juneteenth Pain Patients Commission
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC)
             662-702-3825
             e-mail: mspaincoalition@yahoo.com


Pain Protest
Rally for doctors and chronic-pain sufferers
Dr. Ronald Myers, Sr., president of the American Pain Institute's Mississippi chapter, leads applause
Thursday for Virginia Brooks (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


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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: mspaincoalition@yahoo.com; web sites: PainPatientsCoalition.com or AmericanPainInstitute.org.

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