A national 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 suicide.
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.
AdvertisementAccording to 2007 Access Economics report, it is estimated that chronic pain cost the nation $34.3 billion per year.
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