Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group, Inc.










Your Health Is Our Priority

Why We Advocate?

Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group, Inc. stands for compassionate, patient-centered health care which promotes quality of life. We advocate and lobby for federal protections to be enacted to protect the chronically ill and disabled. We stand up during a time where patients are being neglected due to health care policy change, and are being denied life-saving medications.


We support ALL patients, whether that be patients having access to proper pain management to be able to live without debilitating pain or medication assisted therapy for substance use disorder or someone who needs counseling or medications for behavioral health issues.


We are all human and we are all deserving of compassionate care. 

CIAAG Events & Activities

CIAAG's Testimony at the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs at 

United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime

July 15, 2019:  CIAAG joined 151 organizations, associations and institutions in endorsing position statement: "Decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to Withdraw Guidance Documents" – A Global Palliative Care Initiative.


July 8, 2019: CIAAG welcomes a new coalition partner "International Fibromyalgia Support Network


June 17, 2019: Our team met with Massachusetts Department Health & Human Services Chief of Staff to discuss our CIAAG's work in the local community as well as activities being undertaken at the state level that may have a negative impact on patient care and access to life sustaining opioid analgesics. 


June 13, 2019: CIAAG launched their video blog "World of Pain" where hosts Lauren Deluca & Shasta Rayne Harner educate the community on all things chronic pain and the news. 


June 9 - 11, 2019: Our team joined the "International Conference on Opioids


June 8, 2019: CIAAG was featured in RSDSA Summer Newsletter who featured the founding of CIAAG, our trip to the United Nations, the State Leadership Program and more!


May 28, 2019: CIAAG joined 50 Organizations in an open letter to the Delegates at 72nd World Health Assembly on Transparency Resolution Negotiations.


May 15, 2019: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, joins Matt Connarton’s UNLEASHED 95.4 WMNH - Manchester NH, where they get real about America’s pain crisis and the illegal clinical trial running through our healthcare system.


May 6, 2019: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, joined The Happy Pete Podcast to discuss our Dossier: Violation of a Nation and other civil rights violations that are on the rise in the United States of America.


April 28, 2019: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, joined Michael Finney of ABC7 KGO News Team on Consumer News. They discuss the 2016 Centers of Disease Control & Prevention’s controversial Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and their devastating impact on consumer access to safe medical treatment.


April 24, 2019: CIAAG issued a Press Release: “CDC renounces harmful opioid guidelines


April 24, 2019: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in USA Today: “Feds issue new warning to doctors: Don’t skimp too much on opioid pain pills


April 24, 2019: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued a statement “CDC Advises Against Misapplication of the Guideline for Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain.”


April 21, 2019 to April 23, 2019: Our team joined the 2019 RX Drug Abuse & Herion Summit. (More info forthcoming about this event)


April 12, 2019: CIAAG Press Release & Dossier: “Violation of Nation” was released publicly at 12:00 a.m.


April 9, 2019: Department of Justice issued a Press Release: Indivior, Inc., Indicted for Fraudulently Marketing Prescription Opioid


April 9, 2019: Food & Drug Administration issued a Press Release: FDA identified harm reported from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medicines and requires label changes to guide prescribers on gradual, individualized tapering.


April 8, 2019 to April 9, 2019: Our team traveled to Washington, D.C. to met with various with various Congressional and Senatorial Committee Leaders to discuss our findings in “Violation of a Nation


March 27, 2019: CIAAG Director of Research, was featured in PennLive: Opioid epidemic’s other victims: Patient in pain who can’t find relief where he shared his story of struggling with accessing management services for his co-morbid chronic illnesses.


March 13, 2019: Our team met with Senator Kamala Harris staff to begin conversations about CIAAG’s work and the untreated pain crisis in America. We shared concerns regarding potential financial incentives motivating public health changes as well as the direct impact on the patient population.


March 7, 2019: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, joined BATV’s Janine Zagel on “Foundations of Change” where they discussed the current state of affairs for people living with chronic illness.


February 12, 2019: Our team met with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Chief of Staff, to discuss the untreated pain crisis in America. We discussed the impact the current regulations are having on healthcare services and patients across the nation. The Governor's office has no Opioid Task Force in place nor one planned as their primary substance of abuse is methamphetamine. The Governor’s office is keenly aware of how the new federal regulations are impeding patient care.


February 5, 2019: Our team met with Massachusetts Representatives regarding Senate Bill 1001, An Act relative to removing barriers to non-opioid pain management, Senate Bill 332 An Act strengthening prescription drug safety and drug stewardship.


January 23, 2019: Our team met with Michigan Congress Members to discuss our Organizations work for the chronically ill and disabled. We discussed how the current approach to the Opioid Epidemic is in fact now creating a crisis of untreated pain leading to increases in patient abandonment, abuse and a drastic rise in suicides in America.


January 22, 2019: CIAAG joined 70 Organizations in a Joint-Letter to Congress expressing our concerns regarding provisions included in the proposed NAFTA 2.0 (referred to by the Trump Administration as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement); which would entrench and expand prescription drug monopoly protections, thwart competition and undermine efforts to expand access to affordable medicines.


January 22, 2019: CIAAG joined 19 Organizations in a Joint-Letter to House health care leaders urging their support Medicare negotiate prices, stop Monopoly abuses and make drug manufactures and pharmacy benefit managers transparent.


January 21, 2019: Our team meet with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's Health Staff to discuss his correspondence to Secretary Alex Azar where the HHS Inter-Agency Task Force for Pain is being questioned by his office regarding transparency and in particular, his office's concerns the Task Force’s focus on the damaged caused by CDC Guidelines.


January 5, 2019: CIAAG was featured in Tears of Truth, which highlighted the recent news coverage by Fox News as well as our Organizations participation in the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs, at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


December 20. 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in several publications including, Hampshire Gazette, MetroWest Daily News, Lowell Sun, Sential & Enterprise, Milford News, Boston Business Journal & Boston University News: State Rep. pushes opioid tax bill in ongoing fight against crisis in Massachusetts


December 12. 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in Fox News: Health experts offer solutions for the unintended consequences of opioid crackdown


November 26, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in The Fix: The Other Side of the Opioid Epidemic: Chronic Pain Patients


October 29, 2018: CIAAG has joined 45 Organizations urging Congressional leaders calling on them to reject any measures that would increase drug costs for consumers, including rolling back the provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.


October 18, 2018: CIAAG & Time Thread Studio’s Presents Trailer to our new Documentary - Untreated: The Healthcare Crisis. Fundraising Goal $20,000 by 12/18/2018.


September 27, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, addressed the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime in Vienna, Austria. Thematic Debate Transcripts.


September 22, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, Op-Ed was featured in Times Union: “Chronic Pain Requires Access to Medication


September 21, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, hosted a booth at the “Abilities Expo” in Boston, Massachusetts.


August 28, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in Politico: “How the Opioid Crackdown is Backfiring


July 20, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in Part 3 of a three part series by The Social Exchange “Where the Story Meets Pain” by host Zach Rhoads.


July 3, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in USA Today, “Chronic Pain Patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from the top at FDA


June 27 - June 29, 2018: Our team joined the “Affordable Medicines Now” Conference Hosted by Public Citizen.


June 26, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in the National Pain Report “FDA Hearing Draw Chronic Pain Community - Now What


June 26, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, submitted to the “Senate HELP Committee” our proposed amendment “Equal & Fair Access to Palliative Care” to be added to the “HR-6 SUPPORT Act


June 26, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, met with Senator Claire McCaskill’s health care staff to discuss the untreated pain crisis in America as well as Senator McCaskill’s introduction of Senate Bill 3000 “Pain Advocacy Transparency Act


June 15, 2018: We introduced “Words of Pain” a blog run by the chronic pain community, in hopes of enlightening the public of the realities of chronic illness pain.


June 7, 2018: Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group joined 45 Organizations in a Joint Letter to the Honorable Charles E. Grassley and the Honorable Dianne Feinstien in their role as Chairman and Ranking Member of the “Committee on Judiciary” in support of the “CREATES Act." The Creates Act is a bipartisan, market-based reform that will speed the introduction of generic medications to help restore the balance between innovation and affordability of medications.


May 25, 2018: Worcester Speaks Out - with Host Matt Taylor


May 8, 2018: Barbara & You – America’s longest running public access talk show (41 years).


May 6, 2018: Foundations of Change: Episode 2 - with host Janine Zagel


April 11, 2018: CIAAG founder Lauren Deluca was featured as a guest expert during an interview with “AlphaAdvocates” Lauren lead an LIVE educational seminar to over 40 start-up healthcare organizations, educating them on the facts verse fiction in the face of changing regulations in our healthcare. In addition, she presented various ways other Non-Profit Organizations as well as patient advocates can effectively advocate for themselves and the community they serve.


April 2, 2018: Our team joined and attended 2018 National RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.


March 30, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was a featured guest on “The Jordan Levy Show”


February 6, 2018: Foundations of Change: Episode 1 with host Janine Zagel


February 1, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, was featured in a Prevention Magazine article: “The Other Opioid Crisis” by Peter Moore.


January 16, 2018: CIAAG Founder, Lauren Deluca, testified at the Massachusetts Statehouse regarding House Bill 4033 – “An Act Relative to Combating Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions and Enhancing Prevention”


January 15, 2018: CIAAG joined over 60 organizations and independent groups urging the U.S. Senate to reject Alex Azar as Secretary of Health & Human Services. Azar has a record of driving up domestic prescription drug prices which would negatively impact our community.


December 19, 2017: Founder, Lauren Deluca, testified at the Massachusetts Statehouse regarding House Bill 1181 & Senate Bill 1183 – “An Act Relative to Pain Assessment & Management in a Healthcare Facility”


December 4, 2017: CIAAG joined over 40 organizations working collaboratively in Washington, D.C. on grassroots efforts to promote universal health care and a single payer healthcare system, as well as price caps on prescription drugs, palliative care and legal protections for chronic illness/pain and disabled patient access to pain management.


November 6, 2017: Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group dba CIAAG was Founded.

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