All pain is a product of the nervous system. Progress in understanding the neurobiology of pain has enabled the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to form an NIH Pain Consortium and for the past nine years to sponsor an annual symposium that highlights new and exciting advances in pain research.
Behavioral and societal impact of pain and opiates has special relevance for Tennessee. The NIH statistic that one third of Americans have lives that are altered by chronic pain helps understand why the economic impact of chronic pain is estimated to be as high as $630 billion per year. In 2012 health care providers wrote 295 million prescriptions for painkillers, “enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.
“Pain and Opiates: Neuronal Mechanisms, Behavioral Consequences, and Societal Impact”
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center
Wednesday, April 8; 3:00–6:00 p.m..
Thursday, April 9; 2:00–6:00 p.m.