The inaugural AfBPM Summit in 2014 addressed methods to counter abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription drugs and explored ways to help people who have pain receive the care they need. This year, AfBPM looks to recognize additional programs that suit its mission. ‘Findings from the access study provides us with essential, firsthand information to identify and secure a deeper understanding of the issues people who have pain encounter when trying to gain access to appropriate treatment,’ stated Penney Cowan, Founder and Executive Director of the American Chronic Pain Association and AfBPM Steering Committee member. ‘Discomfort Recognition Month provides us with an important time to pause and really measure the barriers to balanced pain management while underscoring the necessity for patient basic safety.’ The first Pain Consciousness Month was in 2001, september as Pain Awareness Month when the ACPA led a coalition of organizations to establish.Michael Flood, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank and somebody in the extensive research, said the demand for crisis food assistance in Los Angeles County has increased each year of the 30-year background of the business. We are seeing elevated food insecurity not merely in traditionally low-income areas, however in growing areas of the county just like the San Fernando also, San Gabriel and Antelope valleys, Flood stated. We hope the results of the report will prompt local, state and federal government officials to identify the magnitude of the problem and the need for food assistance among their constituencies. Los Angeles County, the state’s most populous, houses about one-third of California’s low-income adults, or 2.6 million.