A Position Statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Glenview, IL- Several recent unintentional deaths of military personnel have drawn national attention on major news websites and Sunday morning television talk shows. While these deaths are tragic and deserve deep societal mourning and introspection, the pain experts from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) urge media and government officials to rightly assess the many complexities of these deaths so that viable solutions can be put in place to save lives and help people with chronic pain.
Because the loss of life is such an emotional issue, it is natural to want to assign blame for the cause of these deaths. For instance, the focus of recent reports touched on the problems of over-medication, but experts remind us that there are many difficult paths for those living with chronic pain and related serious consequences from traumas experienced in war zones, including functional loss, brain injury and depression. Suicide risk is a very serious concern that requires ongoing assessment.
- Published in Drugs Approvals and Trials