Silver Book publication

Persistent Pain

Currently around 100 million Americans live with persistent pain—more Americans than are affected by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. At least 1 in 3 Americans will experience severe persistent pain during their lifetime; which often means more visits to health care professionals, more hospital stays, disabilities, interference with even simple activities of daily living, lost workdays and reduced productivity, loss of sleep, increased use of both over-thecounter and prescription medications, depression and serious psychological distress, and even thoughts of and attempts at suicide. Persistent pain is also expensive, with an annual cost that is greater than the annual cost of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.