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Get Political


Exercise your civic duty locally and nationally
Make sure your political input counts.


The Get Political section helps you learn the issues and the skills needed to participate in the deliberate process of demanding solutions from our political representatives. The resources in this section will help you track regulators and other public servants responsible for shaping our healthcare system – and hold them accountable. 


Learn about the public policy associated with the challenge of pain management, opioid medication, and realed topics

The Federal and State Ecosystem


Locate your public servants 


2016 Presidential Election 

Your Citizen Toolbox for the 21st Century  


  • Learn about public policy associated with Opiate related issues 

  • Learn about the posisiton of your political epresentatives 

  • Contact the media 

  • Review the Political Action Checklist 



Stakeholder Contact:  Congressional Representatives


Carry our message directly to their members of congress about needed change in policy and legislation to stem the national epidemic of opioid addiction. For those supporters planning to contact their members of congress, we offer the following guidance:


Call the office of your US Senators or member of the House of Representatives and request a brief amount of time to discuss the opioid epidemic and its impact on you and/or your family.



  • State your name and where you live.

  • Ask for a face-to-face meeting with your member of congress. Do not be disappointed if the Senator or Representative is unavailable and you are assigned a staff member . Congressional staff are important allies in conveying messages to your member.

  • If provided a meeting time, be prompt, be brief and be polite. Dress appropriately.

  • At the meeting with the member or designated representative, explain you have come to Washington, DC to participate with the FED UP coalition call to ensure that the federal government does more to stem the tide of the epidemic before us.

  • Share the ideas outlined in the FED UP platform which will help raise awareness, reduce opioid overprescribing, enhance treatment for our loved ones and save lives.

  • Tell them you want your member of congress’ support.

  • Leave a copy of the platform after you have concluded your discussion.

  • Thank the member or staff member for their time.

  • Let us know if you had a successful meeting with your representative at:


The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 led to the creation of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force), whose mission (Charter) is to determine whether gaps in or inconsistencies between best practices for acute and chronic pain management exist and to propose updates and recommendations to those best practices. The Task Force consists of 29 experts who have significant experience across the disciplines of pain management, patient advocacy, substance use disorders, mental health, and minority health. This draft report describes preliminary recommendations of the Task Force that will be finalized and submitted to Congress in 2019, following a 90-day public comment period.

Comments for consideration by the Task Force should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 1, 2019



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