Last week we wrote about the University of Wisconsin’s Pain and Policy Group, which lobbies for the de-regulation of narcotic pain medicine. The group has come under fire for receiving millions of dollars of funding from companies like Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, according to a new investigation by Journal Sentinel/MedPage.
Some advocacy groups are now calling on Chancellor Biddy Martin to shut down the group. Here’s what to do if you’d like to weigh in:
- Email the chancellor or call (608) 262-9946. Here is a sample letter from Pete Jackson, the president of Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids.
- Call your U.S. and Wisconsin legislative offices: Sen. Herb Kohl, (202) 224-5653; Sen. Ron Johnson, (202) 224-5325. To find your U.S. Congressional Representative’s office, enter your zip code here. To find your Wisconsin state legislators, go here.
- Explain to the staffer who answers the phone that you’re calling about an article that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on April 2 about UW’s Pain and Policy Study Group.
- If the staffer is unfamiliar with the article, ask them for their email address so you can send them the link to it.
- Explain to the staffer that you’re calling because you would like their office to help stop UW’s Pain & Policy Group from lobbying for the de-regulation of narcotic pain medicine.
- Tell them your personal story.
- Ask them if they would be willing to reach out to Chancellor Martin, or if they have any other UW contacts that might be able to help.