WHEREAS, millions of Michiganders of all ages feel the impact of chronic pain, undertreated and untreated pain costs Michigan citizens in health care expenses, lost productivity and lost wages; and,
WHEREAS, the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium has advocated for the use of self-management strategies for the management of pain; and,
WHEREAS, in Michigan patient self-management strategies are taught in the P.A.T.H. (Personal Action Toward Health) Program; and,
WHEREAS, a model pain curriculum developed by the Michigan Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management has been made available to Michigan health professional schools; and,
WHEREAS, a pain toolkit for health professionals is available on the pain management website at www.michigan.gov/pm; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s Automated Prescription System (MAPS) has proven to be effective for ensuring the safety of patients using prescription pain medication; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of pain issues in Michigan and encourage citizens throughout Michigan to learn more and to respect the situation of those living with pain;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Pain Awareness Month in Michigan.