The International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependency is an international organization dedicated to promoting appropriate and effective treatment for all patients with pain, including individuals with substance abuse, mental health or other co-occurring problems that may make treatment more challenging. The association encourages cooperation among professionals in the fields of health care, policy and regulation, law enforcement, law, politics and the media to improve communication and education for the appropriate use of controlled substances in pain treatment.
The 8th International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency (ICPCD) will be held October 29 – November 1, 2008 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.
ICPCD, the conference, has been held seven times over the past 10 years. Attendees returned year after year to meet and learn with others involved in managing care at the interface of pain and chemical dependency – and it was around these convocations that an international community of practitioners formed. Over time, that community organized, establishing the International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependency (IAPCD), the association. Now, appropriately, the ICPCD is the annual meeting of the rapidly growing IAPCD.