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Please join Arizona's Don't Punish Pain Rally page to network with other CPP advocates from Arizona
In April of 2022, Arizona passed a law, Bill SB1162, protecting pain patients.
Dr. Jeffrey Singer testified if favor of the bill
Governor Doug Ducey Signs SB1162 into Law Helping Arizonians with Chronic Intractable Pain Get the Treatment They Need
Senator Nancy Barto introduced Arizona SB1162 in January 2022. This new law will give protections to chronic intractable pain patients in Arizona. This amendment to ARS Section 32-3248.01, will improve access to care, give physicians the ability to treat their patients as medically appropriate, and confirm that providers and their state governing boards have oversight on the proper treatment for these patients.
Accessing proper healthcare should be individualized and made more accessible. When adequate and timely care is not given, we see a more significant burden on taxpayers, individuals, and the State of Arizona. The Arizona Amendment to Section 32-3248.01, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to Controlled Substances will help define our rights and improve access to life-sustaining medications for all Arizonans in need and ensure that our state’s government truly represents the people of Arizona so that we may all participate in society more fully.
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On June 2, 2021, Rhode Island's Governor Dan McKee signed Bill 384 into law. A copy of the bill can also be found here. Greg Amore, Claudia Merandi's local Representative, fought hard for this bill to pass which protects intractable pain patients from the 2016 CDC Opioid Guidelines. Recently, in March 2022, Arizona also passed legislation that was based on this bill from Rhode Island. That has been Claudia's hope for years, that she could pass a bill in Rhode Island that would trickle down into other states. Practical Pain Management covered this story.
Please join Rhode Island's Don't Punish Rally Facebook page to network with other CPP's in Rhode Island.
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CPP advocates in Minnesota have been working hard to pass legislation to protect intractable pain patients.
Video of hearing on March 24, 2022. A CPP and Dr. Beth Darnall testified.