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Chronic pain is pain lasting longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing. It is a public health concern in the United States, and patients with chronic pain deserve safe and effective pain management 

Prevention, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain can be challenging. However, there are many negative consequences associated with chronic pain, including limitations: in activities, lost work productivity, reduced quality of life, and stigma. It is important for patients to receive appropriate pain treatment based on a careful consideration of the benefits and risks of treatment options. 

The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription opioid overdose. Increased prescribing and sales of opioids – which have quadrupled since 1999 – helped create and fuel this epidemic. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found 6.5 million Americans over the age of 12 used controlled prescription medicines non-medically during the past month.

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