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Rite Aid Partners With the American Pain Foundation to Advise Customers How to Manage, Treat and Understand Pain


Free Pain Management Education Program Offered in all Stores in August and September

Camp Hill, PA - Did you know that most people experience some type of pain during a typical day, whether it be from a headache, a cut, an old injury or an illness? Or that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined?

To help patients prevent and treat pain, Rite Aid and the American Pain Foundation are partnering to provide free comprehensive pain management information in August and September at all Rite Aid stores nationwide. According to the American Pain Foundation, more than 70 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and each year another 25 million experience acute pain from injuries or surgery. Many types of pain can be greatly reduced with proper management; however most incidents go untreated, under-treated or are improperly treated.

Customers can pick up a free eleven-page Pain Relief Guide with important information on pain prevention and available treatments at any Rite Aid. There is also a free Pain Prevention Tip Book, with advice on how to prevent pain and savings on pain relief products. All Rite Aid pharmacists are trained to offer important, helpful and free information on pain management and are always available to counsel patients and answer questions. The American Pain Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization serving people with pain through information, advocacy and support, reports that pain is the number one reason people seek medical care.

“People shouldn’t have to learn to live with pain when there are treatments that help relieve pain and allow chronic sufferers to enjoy a normal life,” said Mark de Bruin, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “We partnered with the American Pain Foundation because we’re both dedicated to patient health and wellness and want to provide services and information that will help people lead healthier lives.”

It is important to understand your pain and how it affects your life when determining treatment, according to the American Pain Foundation. Acute pain occurs suddenly due to illness, injury or surgery and is of short duration, where as chronic pain may be persistent or intermittent, and can last longer than the expected healing time. Pain can also be the result of a health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or diabetes. There are a variety of options for treating and managing all types of pain, including medication, exercise and specialized types of therapy.

Rite Aid’s focus on pain management is part of its yearlong commitment to patient health and wellness. Each year Rite Aid offers free information, answers and guidance on health and wellness topics including allergy awareness, skin care, diabetes management, weight management and heart health.


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