study on chronic pain shows that 1/3 of the Australian population suffers from
chronic pain and 20% of them have considered suicide while 5% have attempted
Chronic Pain Australia president Coralie Wales, who commissioned the study
of 2500 people, said, "Most sufferers also felt stigmatized, believing they
were perceived as drug addicts or bludgers." In some places chronic pain
sufferers were forced to collect their medication from the Drug and Alcohol
Services, alongside drug addicts which made them feel worse.
According to 2007 Access Economics report, it is estimated that chronic pain
cost the nation $34.3 billion per year.