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    • 71% of patients with persistent pain taking opioids for their pain have seen a health care professional in the past month. 1 in 4 have seen a health care…  
    • Patients with persistent pain are 5 times more likely than those without persistent pain to use health care services.  
    • Extent of Pain-Related Disability Among Adults with Pain in the Last 3 Months, United States, 2009  
    • 83 million Americans have pain that impacts their participation in various activities.  
    • In an Internet survey of patients with persistent pain, 97% currently using opioids for their pain reported either a physical or social hardship as a direct result of their pain.…  
    • As many as 45% to 80% of nursing home residents have pain that contributes to functional impairment and a decreased quality of life.  
    • Among adults age 65 and older who reported low back pain, more than 1/2 had a limitation in their daily activities–compared with 27% without recent low back pain.  
    • Occurrences As a Result of Pain  
    • Impact of Pain on Day-to-Day Activities  
    • Back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.  
    • A survey about how persistent pain patients deal with pain found that 20% have taken disability leave from work, 17% have changed jobs, 13% have sought help with activities of…  
    • At least 36 million Americans miss work each year due to pain.  
    • Pain is a leading cause of medically-related work absenteeism–results in more than 50 million lost workdays each year.  
    • More than half of workforce adults surveyed reported experiencing headache, back pain, arthritis, or musculoskeletal related pain in the previous 2 weeks. 12.5% of the workforce reported that their…  
    • Adults age 65 and older who report low back pain are twice as likely to be in fair or poor health compared to those without pain–40% rate their health as…  
    • During the 4-year period between 2005 and 2008, 5.7% of the U.S. population reported using opioids for pain.  
    • An Internet survey found that the typical patients with persistent pain takes pain medication as many as 4 times a day–including a prescription 2.6 times a day. 43% of…  
    • An Internet survey found than 31% of patients with persistent pain supplement their prescription medications with over-the-counter medications.  
    • In an Internet survey of patients with persistent pain who were currently using opioids to treat their pain, only 6% report having a “great deal of control” over their pain.…  
    • 1 in 5 American adults–42 million people–report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep three nights a week or more.  
    • Adults with low back pain are more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress, compared to those without back pain.  
    • An Internet survey found that 94% of patients with persistent pain taking opioids report at least one major impact on their lives from pain–3 in 4 (77%) report feeling depressed,…  
    • An estimated 40% to 50% of people with persistent pain also have mood disorders.  
    • One study found that 70% of persistent pain respondents expressed anger–62% toward health care providers, 39% toward significant others, and 30% toward insurance companies. The most frequent target of…  
    • In one study, around half of the patients with persistent pain reported that they had considered suicide.  
    • The risk of suicide among people with persistent pain is around double that of those without pain–with 5% to 14% lifetime prevalence rates of attempted suicide in persistent pain sufferers.  
    • A study of people with persistent pain found that they were 2.5 times more likely to think about suicide than those without pain, 3.5 times more likely to plan suicide,…