We cannot even find words to express our thanks to Representative Mike Rogers of Lansing Michigan, for sponsoring the National Pain Policy Act. HR 1863.
“A poor wayfaring man of grief hath often passed me on my way
Who sued so humbly for relief that I could never answer nay
I had not power to ask his name, where to he went, or whence he came”
We have hoped for so long for a pain initiative. Those brilliant minds at NIH and NIDH cannot do that research with no funding. Now, finally, Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan has stepped forward to put his humanity where his politics are.
One in six Americans will suffer a chronic pain state at some time in life (Source, Dr. Patrick Wall, Pain the Silent Epidemic), so Rep. Rogers may well benefit himself or someone loved by him. He is doing himself a favor and all of us as well, to be sure.
More money is spent on pain than any other medical problem, but less per capita is spent for pain than any other disorder. Clearly, pain has been the stepchild of medical research. That is about to change with Rep. Roger’s bill. We feel to thank him with all our hearts.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Representative Rogers. Everyone should write to thank him, particularly if you are from his district in Michigan.