In this episode, we interview Shasta Rayne Harner of Chronic Illness Advocacy and Awareness Group, Inc. (CIAAG). Shasta is the Vice President and Director of CIAAG. She is also a chronic pain patient herself, suffering from Dermatomyositis.
The Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group, Inc. (CIAAG) is a national non-profit organization that promotes both a common-sense, compassionate and research-based approach to palliative care along with the responsible prescribing of opioid medication to those experiencing chronic pain and illnesses, including: serious injuries, intractable pain, and those who suffer from painful chronic diseases.
CIAAG’s mission is to work collaboratively with legislators in crafting the policy changes and legislation enacted to combat opioid abuse (including heroin and illicit fentanyl) in a way that does not restrict patients’ access to their medication. Restricting access is not just a problem for the individual; it negatively impacts the nation’s public and economic health, resulting in previously functioning members of society being forced into unemployment and disability in response to the relentless, inhumane and debilitating pain they experience.
Intractable pain and forced isolation often leads to depression and other mental health crises as well. Unfortunately, some patients have turned to the street to find unsafe alternatives (including dangerous counterfeit pills) in a desperate effort to relieve their untreated pain, while others have succumbed to suicide as a final escape.
CIAAG offers lawmakers and other decision-makers fact-based research on prescription opioid use from qualified physicians, as well as policy white papers, testimonials and other resources to aid in crafting sensible policies around opiate use.
Learn more about CIAAG at https://ciaag.net/
The CIAAG dossier, "Violation of A Nation" can be found at http://uploads.documents.cimpress.io/v1/uploads/c7c18e1c-2c3d-4ffd-b251-2ddba53a2d8b~110/original?tenant=vbu-digital
You can donate and contact CIAAG at https://ciaag.net/donate-and-contact
The National Pain Strategy referenced in this episode can be found at https://www.iprcc.nih.gov/sites/default/files/HHSNational_Pain_Strategy_508C.pdf
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