Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group, Inc.

CIAAG Advocacy Goals

The Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group, Inc. (CIAAG) is a national non-profit organization that promotes both a common-sense, compassionate and research-based approach to palliative care along with the responsible prescribing of opioid medication to those experiencing chronic pain and illnesses, including: serious injuries, intractable pain, and those who suffer from painful chronic diseases.

CIAAG’s mission is to work collaboratively with legislators in crafting the policy changes and legislation enacted to combat opioid abuse (including heroin and illicit fentanyl) in a way that does not restrict patients’ access to their medication. Restricting access is not just a problem for the individual; it negatively impacts the nation’s public and economic health, resulting in previously functioning members of society being forced into unemployment and disability in response to the relentless, inhumane and debilitating pain they experience.

Intractable pain and forced isolation often leads to depression and other mental health crises as well. Unfortunately, some patients have turned to the street to find unsafe alternatives (including dangerous counterfeit pills) in a desperate effort to relieve their untreated pain, while others have succumbed to suicide as a final escape.

CIAAG offers lawmakers and other decision-makers fact-based research on prescription opioid use from qualified physicians, as well as policy white papers, testimonials and other resources to aid in crafting sensible policies around opiate use.              

CIAAG 2020 Advocacy Goals:

Goal 1: Compulsory Palliative Care & Opioid Management Education

This includes education for all medical professionals, including nurses, physicians, specialists, OBGYN and pharmacists to be built into the undergraduate curriculum to ensure consistent competency in pain and symptom management.  

Goal 2: Include qualified pain management specialists and patient advocates on state and federal opioid task forces and committees. Including those at HHS, DOJ & NIH

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Goal 3: Increased Transparency & Oversight into the population studies taking place

There is a lack of oversight for  the population studies taking place. In addition, there are several federal agencies tasked with "combating the opioid crisis" who's activities are not overseen by an unbiased third party including the CDC, DEA, FDA and HHS.  

Goal 4: Remove Incentives to Promote Denial of Opioid Analgesics in the Post Operative Setting

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Goal 5: Congressional Investigation into the Populations Studies taking place

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Goal 6: Patient ID Cards for individuals receiving > 90 morphine milligram equivalents and/or co-prescribing with Benzodiazepines

This would permit prescribers to provide adequate medication without fear of DEA reprimand or backlash. In addition, patient ID cards would ensure patients would receive their prescriptions at the pharmacy without any undue interference.

Goal 7: Raise awareness & advocate against the stigma placed upon people living with painful conditions and/or illnesses

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Goal 8: Advocate for a Federal Definition for what qualifies as "Palliative Care" 

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Goal 9: Advocate/Obtain Sponsors for "Equal & Fair Access to Palliative Care" Federal bill

"Equal & Fair Access to Palliative Care" is a legislative bill we at CIAAG are advocating to get sponsored at the Federal Level. The language of the bill will be developed with Congressional and Senatorial leaders who bravely step forward to endorse this legislation to ensure the health and safety of all citizens. 

Goal 10: Establish State Leaders in all 50 States

CIAAG offers all members the ability to participate in our "State Leadership Program." We have designed this program to help empower our members to be able to confidently work with their elected officials as well as their state Opioid Task Forces/Committees. We currently have members in all 50 states and are seeking leaders to come forward and establish silo's in their home state in which other CIAAG members may collaborate and work as a team advocating in their home state.