Meet Lauren and the CIAAG Team

Lauren Deluca is the founding president of Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group (CIAAG).

Ms. Deluca recently addressed the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNODC) on the effects of the United States’ opioid crisis policies and their negative impact on United States chronic pain patients.

Ms. Deluca (CIAAG) also proposed to the UNODC practical solutions to help monitor opioid use and ensure patients access to essential healthcare.

Who is the UNODC?

The United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime website states:

“Two years ago, the General Assembly unanimously adopted the outcome document of its 2016 special session on the world drug problem. Prepared by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UNGASS 2016 outcome document contains over 100 operational recommendations in seven thematic chapters, focused on demand and supply reduction; the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes; human rights; challenges and new trends; international cooperation and development.

As a global leader in supporting countries to prevent and respond to the challenges posed by drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism, UNODC provides comprehensive assistance to Member States to implement the UNGASS 2016 outcome document and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNODC is pleased to launch, on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the UNGASS 2016, a publication “People at the Centre: UNODC Support for UNGASS 2016 on the World Drug Problem” with an overview of just some of the work UNODC is doing around the world to support implementation of the UNGASS 2016 operational recommendations, and shows how these projects and programs relate to targets under the SDGs.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was established by Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 9(I) in 1946, to assist the ECOSOC in supervising the application of the international drug control treaties. In 1991, the General Assembly (GA) expanded the mandate of the CND to enable it to function as the governing body of the UNODC. ECOSOC resolution 999/30 requested the CND to structure its agenda with two distinct segments: a normative segment for discharging treaty-based and normative functions; and an operational segment for exercising the role as the governing body of UNODC.

Lauren Deluca’s Testimony

Ms. Deluca leveraged a warning concerning human rights to the UNODC by stating:

“Failure to protect patients’ rights to access essential medications and healthcare, will result in the loss of innocent lives through suicide, and inflate an already deadly issue into a human rights crisis.”

Check out this video of Lauren Deluca’s testimony to the UNODC


Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group (CIAAG) is working with Elected Officials and the patient community globally to help restore balance between protecting the public health from drug abuse while maintaining access to safe, essential  opioid analgesics for the medical treatment of chronically ill, older persons, and persons with disabilities.

After testifying to the UNODC, Ms. Deluca followed up with the pain community with a compelling Periscope and a unified call to action!

A Call to Action

It is imperative that we send our elected officials, oversight agencies, policy makers, third-party administrators, corporate interests and last but not least, the media a unified message by tagging them on Twitter and other social media platforms with Lauren Deluca’s testimony to United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in the CIAGG video referenced above.

Check out Lauren’s passionate call to action!

Not exactly sure how to reach out to your legislators?

Check out CIAAG’S resource page for Legislative Contacts to aid you( scroll down for your state and tap the links), or you can also plug into the Pain Advocacy Coalition’s resource page.

Who is CIAAG?

Want to know a little more about CIAAG?

Check out CIAAG’s mission!

The Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group (CIAAG) envisions a world where those with disabilities and chronic illnesses are guaranteed palliative care and access to prescription life sustaining medications without stigma, fear or push-back, particularly from the medical community. We shape social narratives to promote inclusion of disabled rights and individualized patient-centered care.

We lobby against political agendas and misinformation campaigns that interfere with patient’s access to vital medications and palliative care. 

In addition to tirelessly lobbying on behalf of the pain community, the CIAAG team (Jayne Flanders CIAAG Vice President) have put together an outstanding resource page to equip the pain community to push back on draconian and restrictive healthcare policy.

It is certainly worthwhile to check out all of the CIAAG resources to collaborate, eAdvocate and amplify a unified message!

To learn more about Lauren’s advocacy journey, which includes lobbying elected officials and interviews to raise public awareness, be sure to follow CIAGG on:




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(World of Pain Blog is a sister organization partnering with CIAAG.)

If you are a coalition or interest group, and you would like to collaborate with CIAAG, check out more information about how to become a partner!

If you love what Lauren and her team are doing, consider making a donation to the CIAAG cause!

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Thanks to Lauren Deluca, Jayne Flanders and the CIAAG team for their tireless efforts to lobby on behalf of the pain community.

It is amazing to see how individuals can leverage collaborative tools and social media to eAdvocate!

Lauren and her team are the embodiment of resolve, and these pain warriors show us how we can #RiseUp together!

Thanks to the pain community for bringing the CIAAG mission full circle by tagging your elected officials and the media with Lauren’s speech to the UNODC.

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