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What if the states suddenly started writing policy on your issue at such a pace, you had to go from tracking a handful of pieces of legislation a year, to almost 2,000?

That’s what happened Katie Duensing, assistant director for legislative and regulatory affairs at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management.

Four years ago pain management, and patient access to it, wasn’t yet treated as a legislative and regulatory issue of top priority in the states.

Then came awareness of the opioid crisis.

Suddenly states all across the country were being confronted with huge spikes in prescription pain medication addictions and overdoses and knee jerk policy was being written and rushed through.

Read on to see how Duensing and the SPPAN team have been staying on top of, and winning, at state level.

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Honestly, you were probably thrown into the job of monitoring state legislation without much training, so some advice now and then couldn't hurt.