Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans Living with Chronic Pain
This Veterans Day, all of us at NeuroMetrix would like to thank all of those who have served our country. The veterans we honor today have made incredible sacrifices, and after their service is over, many continue to experience pain.
Research published in the Journal of Pain cites that almost two-thirds of US military veterans had reported experiencing pain within the last 3 months. Chronic pain, which lasts beyond 3 months is prevalent within the veteran community, with more than 50 percent of all veterans receiving chronic pain treatment through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
In the midst of the national opioid crisis, our veterans are continuing to suffer. Prescription medications, including opioids, are top-of-mind for treating this pain. However, an estimated 70,000 veterans suffer from opioid-use disorder, and are left with limited alternatives to treat their pain. We need to shift the conversation to finding safer and more effective alternative treatments for our veterans who are seeking relief from their pain and support programs that are focused on multimodal approaches to pain relief for veterans.
Since participating in a VA Health Summit in May 2016, we’ve been encouraged to see evidence of the VA’s commitment to identifying alternative approaches to pain management. We are hopeful that our ongoing relationships with Marathon Medical Corporation, a Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and medical supply distribution company, as well as individual VA facilities will increase veterans’ access to pain relief alternatives, like Quell. We are also committed to identifying other ways to give veterans and active duty service members increased access to our technology.
We salute you for all that you have done for our country this Veterans Day and every day. Thank you from all of us at NeuroMetrix.
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