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Chronic pain represents a substantial public health issue with tremendous economic, social, and medical costs. As the percentage of the U.S. population utilizing opioid analgesics for pain control grows, so does the rate of abuse, misuse and overdose of these drugs. We recognize the seriousness of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States. At the same time, we must address the ongoing public health requirement to provide adequate pain management. The American Academy of Family Physicians is actively working toward a solution to America’s pain management and opioid abuse epidemics through advocacy, collaboration, and education.