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SR-67 (2017-2018)

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Enrolled  September 18, 2017
Passed  IN  Senate  September 14, 2017


Senate Resolution
No. 67

Introduced by Senator Jackson

September 11, 2017

Relative to pain awareness


SR 67, Jackson.

WHEREAS, More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by various diseases or disorders, and nearly 25 million Americans suffer with acute pain each year; and
WHEREAS, Though medical knowledge and technology exist to relieve or greatly ease pain, most pain is untreated, undertreated, or improperly treated, and many health care professionals are still unaware of how to effectively treat pain; and
WHEREAS, People who suffer from chronic pain often are stigmatized, marginalized, and not informed about the right to effective pain assessment and management, and most people with pain, including those at the end of life, get little or no relief; and
WHEREAS, Women have a higher prevalence than men of syndromes and diseases associated with chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia, complex pain syndrome, and osteoarthritis, and women respond differently to certain analgesics; and
WHEREAS, Women’s pain reports are taken less seriously than those of men, and women receive less aggressive treatment than men for their pain; and
WHEREAS, Women have developed a number of coping mechanisms to deal with pain, and this may contribute to a general perception that they can endure more pain and that their pain does not need to be taken as seriously; and
WHEREAS, Women more frequently report pain to a health care provider, but are more likely to have their pain reports discounted as emotional or psychogenic and, therefore, not real; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate hereby recognizes and declares the month of September 2017 as Pain Awareness Month, and calls upon all Californians to observe the month by participating in appropriate ceremonies and activities, and by learning how to improve the quality of life for people in California suffering from pain; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate recognizes September 22, 2017, as Women In Pain Awareness Day to draw public attention to the important need to raise awareness concerning gender disparities in pain assessment and treatment in the United States; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.