One thing cancer patients and survivors know about is the pain that goes along with treatment. But, according to a new report, Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card, pain management policies in the states are better than ever, which is great news for cancer patients and others living with chronic diseases that cause pain.
Over almost a decade, states have made considerable progress in enacting policies that enhance access to pain care, including the use of pain medications, and minimize potential treatment barriers.
ACS CAN joined the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network at the University of Wisconsin and other organizations to release the report, which gives the states grades based on their pain management policies. And the good news is that not only are states improving at pain management but that no states received a D, D+, or F and no state’s grade has decreased since 2000.
Want to know where your state stands?
Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio , South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming
Arkansas, Colorado, Dist. of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania
Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas