Hearing the Unmet Needs of Patients Suffering Chronic Pain 3905 CLUM opioid ebook TCL single pages no crops 1 | Page 6

There isn ’ t a rock big enough to be living under to not be aware – at least to some degree – of the problems that pain and prescribed opioid use in America has created . To be clear , we are not writing about primary illegal use of opioids . The focus we want to bring is of physician prescribed opioid use and the ramifications that flow from it . At that point however , the illicit use of these drugs does become part of the discussion .
Americans report suffering from pain , more often and more severely , than any other people on Earth ! In response to this pain epidemic , Americans also consume more pain-related medications per capita than any other people on the planet .