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The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of pain medicine.

The practice of pain medicine is multi-disciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient. AAPM represents the diverse scope of the field through membership from a variety of origins, including such specialties as anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry.

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AAPM FoundationThe Foundation’s purpose is to advocate for "patient safety" by providing funding support to expand and enhance research and education, and advocating for improved training and credentialing as a way to advance pain management.

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Latest Pain News

New Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping Tool Available
November 3, 2015 [Source: CMS]

Medicare Part D Overutilization Monitoring System (OMS) Summary
November 3, 2015 [Source: CMS]

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use
October 21, 2015 [Source: The White House]

Controlled Substance Prescribing Patterns — Prescription Behavior Surveillance System, Eight States, 2013
October 16, 2015 [Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)]

Nonmedical Prescription Opioid use Disorders, Deaths Increase in the US
October 13, 2015 [Source: The JAMA Network Journals]

Pain Is in the Brain
October 9, 2015 [Source: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital]

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Relieves Chronic Pain in Only 20 Percent of Women
October 8, 2015 [Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News]

Fighting Pain with Radiology & Research
October 7, 2015 [Source: University of California, San Francisco]

A Subset of Users may Naturally Progress from Rx Opioids to Heroin
October 2015 [Source: NIH, National Institute of Drug Abuse]

NSAID Alliance Declares Awareness Week, August 24 - 28
August 21, 2015 [Source: NSAID Alliance]

Physician Groups Band Together to Address America's Opioid Crisis
AMA convened task force engages physicians to curb opioid abuse
August 24, 2015 [Source: AAPM and AMA]

CDER Conversation: Pediatric Pain Management Options
August 14, 2015 [Source: FDA]

Stanford Researchers Genetically Engineer Yeast to Produce Opioids
August 13, 2015 [Source: Stanford University]

Pelvic Pain May be Common among Reproductive-Age Women, NIH Study Finds
August 12, 2015 [Source: NIH]

NIH Analysis Shows Americans Are in Pain
August 11, 2015 [Source: NIH]

Scientists Find Promising Target for Better Pain Drugs
August 6, 2015 [Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Blog]

NIDA Announces Two Online Resources
July 28, 2015 [Source: NIDA]

Researchers Discover Mechanism Involved in Chronic Pain
July 23, 2015 [Source: University of Calgary]

Most Patients With Chronic Pain Use Alternative Therapies, But Many Don’t Tell Their Doctors
July 20, 2015 [Source: Kaiser Permanente]

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA Strengthens Warning that Non-Aspirin Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Can Cause Heart Attacks or Strokes
July 9, 2015 [Source: FDA]

Today's Heroin Epidemic
July 7, 2015 [Source: CDC Vital Signs]

UC Davis Researchers Find Key Mechanism that Causes Neuropathic Pain
July 6, 2015 [Source: University of California, Davis]

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Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional, Integrative Approaches
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