WASHINGTON — A woman with a severe chronic pain condition testified before Congress from a cot set up in the hearing room on Tuesday, calling for more research and a smarter approach to pain management amid efforts to curb opioid abuse.
Steinberg launched a support group in the wake of her injury and advocates on behalf of those with chronic pain conditions.
Chronic pain affects 50 million Americans, and is the leading cause of long-term disability, a copy of her planned testimony notes, but efforts to contain the opioid epidemic have damaged care plans and punished chronic pain sufferers.
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