September 2012: Pain Management Awareness Month

WHEREAS, millions of Michiganders of all ages feel the impacts of chronic pain; it is estimated that undertreated and untreated pain costs Michigan citizens as much as $16 billion annually in health care expenses, lost productivity and lost wages; and,


WHEREAS, many types of treatment, both non-pharmacological and pharmacological, are available to manage or greatly ease most pain; when pain is properly treated, many people can resume their normal, active lives; and,  


WHEREAS, Michigan is a nationally recognized leader in the development of pain management policies and statewide strategies to educate health care professionals and the public in an effort to improve pain and symptom management in our state; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we continue to raise awareness of chronic pain issues in Michigan; we encourage citizens throughout the Great Lakes State to learn more about the issues and to respect the conditions of those living with chronic pain;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as Pain Management Awareness Month in Michigan.