The President’s Commission on the Opiate Crisis Met for the 1st Time Today, and They Want to Hear From YOU!

The President has put together a special commission to research and address drug addiction and the “opiate crisis”. Today was their first meeting, and their research will conclude with a report to the President in October of this year.

They are STRONGLY encouraging the public to submit their input: your stories, experiences and concerns. *Encourage your friends and family to reach out too. The more the merrier and right about now we can use all the support and help we can get. There is A LOT of publicity on the “other side” of all this.

This is an important opportunity for those of us who live with Chronic Pain and who rely on pain medications and opiates to let our voices and experiences be heard.

Although there are those who struggle with addiction we know what a vital role opiates play in pain management…for many of us we could not live without them.

Opiates play a crucial part in pain management and NOW is the time to…

  • express your experience in respect to living in Chronic Pain and too, the role that pain medication plays
  • advocate for the important need for and access to proper pain management including pain medications
  • support our Doctors to prescribe medications (including opiates) for those in pain and too, our pharmacies so that they can fill our prescriptions (without extreme vetting, the burden of extraordinary amounts of paperwork and or FDC and CDC-related fears).

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Who (and how) to contact:

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is heading the commission and encourages public input via e-mail:

Governor Chris Christie is the Commission Chairman:

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also sits on the Commission:

And finally, Dr. Bertha Madras, a Professor of Psychobiology at Harvard, can be contacted at

Today’s meeting also included Secretary Tom Price, with the Dept. of Health and Human Services, and Secretary David Shulkin, with the Veteran’s Administration.

If you’d like to see the “President’s Listening Session” on the topic you can here.

And the Commission’s first meeting today can be found here (if you have an extra hour or so…you might however find that precious time better spent on your letter writing above but, as we know when we live with Chronic Pain, you may have plenty of time on your hands, “resting” aka lying down, sitting in your favorite chair or swaying back-and-forth around home trying to “manage” your pain.)

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.