On July 13, 2016, a petition to support pain research was posted to the petitions.whitehouse.gov site to collect signatures.
To be considered, the petition must gather 100,000 signatures in 30 days.
Below are the currently most popular successful petitions, some covering obscure issues relevant to only small populations:
- Formally Recognize The Ku Klux Klan As A Terrorist Organization – 118,387 signed
- Rescind the decision to deploy THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea. – 107,247 signed
- August 15th is NOT Independence Day For Sikhs. SUPPORT the Liberation of Indian Occupied Punjab to Create “KHALISTAN” – 104,141 signed
- No Respite for Highly-skilled Americans-in-Waiting. Need Portable Work Authorization & Recapture 500K Green Cards – 102,755 signed
So, how many signatures do you think our petition received?
Of the 100 million people who supposedly suffer from pain in this country, only 11,351 signed this petition.
Direct D.H.H.S. to fund and implement the National Pain Strategy to reduce the public health burden of chronic pain
Research into pain and its management will become even more critical and affect more people as the population ages, yet only about 1/9,000th of people with pain signed the petition to fund such research.
There could be several very different reasons for this:
- There are far fewer people suffering from serious pain than was documented in the IOM report.
- Pain patients aren’t aware of efforts to help them: organized pain groups haven’t reached them or their message wasn’t compelling enough.
- Pain patients are cynical about a government that has betrayed them by bowing to special interests
- Pain patients have given up, feeling the the war on pain patients has already been lost as prescriptions are dramatically cut back or withheld
- Pain patients are too tired, sick, weak, or in pain to be concerned about anything else than making it through the day
By comparison, another petition was started on Aug 30:
Please do not make Kratom a Schedule I Substance
By Sept 3, there were 50,493 signatures. In 4 days, this issue received almost 5 times as many signatures as ours did in a month.