September, 2014: Pain Awareness Month

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; 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.