Chronic pain costs U.S. $635 billion a year

My lede:

More than 116 million Americans struggle with chronic pain each year, and associated medical charges and lost productivity cost the nation as much as $635 billion annually.

These are the findings of “Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research,” a July report by an Institute of Medicine panel that calls for an aggressive national strategy to combat the problem.

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