Do You Want Much Better Treatments for Chronic Pain? (For Example, Better Than Opioids?)

Right now, you have a unique opportunity to influence Congress about the need to increase NIH research on understanding chronic pain and opioids that could lead to new treatments. In 2016,  The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA), helped to have provisions focused on increasing NIH pain research included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). CARA was signed into law in July 2016. Since then, the AHDA has been collaborating on a bill to fully fund these provisions. That bill was recently introduced: 

The Opioids and STOP Pain Initiatives Act (H.R.4733 / S.2260)

You can help pass this bill by urging your Members of Congress to co-sponsor it now

Please click on the link below to send emails to your Members of Congress. 

  • Space is provided where you can add a concise description (3 sentences, tops) of why this issue and this research is so important to you. 
  • Please do not make any edits (additions or deletions) to the remainder of the letter. The remainder of the letter is the explanation of the need for the bill and it is vital that this information reach congressional offices intact. 

Please share this with your friends, family, co-workers, or anyone you know who is struggling with chronic pain or opioids. Ask them to take action, too. The voices of the pain and headache disorders community need to ring loudly in D.C.  and you really can make a difference. 

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  • joann m bullerin
    Posted at 11:15h, 19 January Reply

    We have no quality of life living with daily headaches lost my job .People like myself need new hope now I have been suffering for 10 years with H/A’s every day of my horrible life.

  • Patricia Tortorich
    Posted at 12:38h, 19 January Reply

    I have been a headaches sufferer for over 35 years!! I have been on ever possible medication you can name. Over the years, my insurance companies have denied me medications that have been proven to work for me!! No one knows what this feels like unless you have been through this. Opioids are now another drug that I just received a letter that I will not be able to receive anymore!!
    I guess going to the emergency room is better for my 15-20 migraines a month; than taking the medications that work for me, under my doctors care!!
    I hate this!!!!!!!! Its not fair to us!!!!!!

  • Eileen Banyar
    Posted at 14:26h, 19 January Reply

    I have been suffering from chronic pain for 7 years now. It is very important to me that much more research is done to help people like me who resort to pain medications because there are no other options. Please help us !!!!

  • Eileen Banyar
    Posted at 14:29h, 19 January Reply

    I wanted to submit my request to my representatives but it wouldn’t let me. Please let my representatives know I am begging for help for those of us with chronic pain. Find an alternative to medication that will help.

  • Carol Couper
    Posted at 16:08h, 19 January Reply

    We need more research on chronic pain and the use of opioids, especially with the out-of-control opioid addition that we have. Pain is real and we need other ways of dealing with it. I was prescribed an opioid medication for years for migraines and developed rebound headaches because of it. Luckily I was able to get off this drug but we still do not have adequate ways to treat pain.

  • Denise Schneider
    Posted at 04:45h, 14 February Reply

    I agree! There are much better options to treat chronic pain. I am a physical therapist; I treat headache and many chronic pain conditions. The physical therapy community are campaigning to raise awareness on using PT vs opioids for treatment of chronic pain. Physical therapy is the safe non-addictive alternative for managing pain. We treat pain through movement while improving and maintaining one’s mobility and quality of life (,, #chooseptfirst). Please give PT a chance. There are PTs who specifically work with headache and chronic pain.

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