Who is PROMPT?

A diverse group of healthcare professional experts in pain management and patient care advocates.



To advance a universal inter-disciplinary, multi-modal approach in striving for effective pain management, including but not limited to, medically necessary opioids for chronic noncancer and palliative pain management and to advocate for appropriate Federal and State legislative strategies that improve outcomes and mitigate risks throughout the United States for all chronic pain sufferers.


PROMPT will,

1.         Promote valid, reasonable, scientific strategies to guide legislation and balanced policy that do not generate barriers for less traditional but validated therapies, interventions, and/or techniques, and medically necessary prescription opioid use otherwise intended to effectively treat and control chronic pain.

2.         Advocate for reasoned opposition to quash all non-evidence based proposals that threaten medically necessary opioid or other prescription medication access by requesting FDA or regulatory label changes or any other therapies that specifically lack scientific validity that   potentially impose unintended consequences to chronic pain sufferers.

3.         Support healthcare provider, public, legislative, and policymaker education.

4.         Encourage and support lobbying efforts at the Federal and State levels regarding the consequences of non-evidence based proposals, petitions and/or other similar proposals.

5.         Support ongoing dialogue and discussion with proponents of petitions to change the paradigm for which pain medications, including medically necessary opioids are prescribed, healthcare professional organizations, and other stakeholders to reach a consensus about appropriate medication use strategies and risk mitigation.

6.         Provide empathetic support and a channel of voice for those who have bereaved for family and loved ones, where acceptable medical therapeutics were employed, but due to adverse outcomes from interventional, medication, and/or modality-based treatments, unfortunate consequences occurred.

7.         Encourage implementation of tested, proven, evidence-based strategies, such as public health demonstration models for prescription opioid use that reduces mortality and mitigates untoward risks of opioids in Society – one such successful model is Project Lazarus of Wilkes County, NC that did not include FDA or regulatory label changes to opioids.

8.         Promote valid, scientific research into the safety and effectiveness of all prescribed treatments including but not limited to medically necessary opioid drugs.

9.         Support education of medically necessary opioid pharmacotherapy in chronic pain management into the curricula of all healthcare colleges, training programs, and organizations involved with delivering continuing professional education.

10.       Encourage education to the healthcare community regarding the role of law enforcement and opioid, misuse, and abuse in Society.

11.       Promote a workable and collaborative approach with law enforcement agencies and/or officials to abolish “pill mills” at local, regional, state, and national levels.

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