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Knowledge and resources to manage pain safely

Working together to better understand pain in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. Learn more »

PainWise Infographic: The Opioid Epidemic

Print and share this infographic to help understand the opioid epidemic, and what it means to manage pain safely.

Painwise infographic

Video: Freedom from Opioids

Dr. Brent Godek (family physician), and Christien Boyer (former pain patient) talk about the dangers of using opioid medications. Christien shares her personal story of how her life changed when she became addicted to morphine, and her path to freedom.

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Manage pain safely in our community.

Upcoming Classes & Events

Upcoming Classes & Events

Drug Take Back

April 28, 2018 10:00AM Benton County Fairgrounds/Benton County Sheriff's Office
One-time class

PainWise First Steps class, Waldport

May 3, 2018 1:15PM Samaritan Waldport Clinic
This free, six-week course will provide participants with effective tools to help manage chronic pain. Each session will incorporate behavioral health and gentle movement components with instruction by a trained behaviorist and a physical therapist.
Multi-week course

Pain Talks for Real People

May 3, 2018 6:30PM Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
Midvalley Pain Alliance brings you presentations by healthcare clinicians who understand up-to-date pain science & help people master, not manage, their pain.
One-time class

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New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

April 16, 2018
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse.

Study finds the brain's 'pain decision center'

March 22, 2018
Source: Forbes
Our brain controls how much pain we experience, but why and how this happens is still largely a mystery. A clearer understanding of the brain’s in-built pain regulation capability could open doors to developing alternatives to addictive drugs like opioids. Dr. Ben Seymour of Cambridge University and his research team just published a study that sheds light on the topic.

Tweaking therapy for disadvantaged patients improves chronic pain

March 22, 2018
Source: The University of Alabama
Psychologists at The University of Alabama found adapting cognitive behavioral therapy and group pain education for patients of low socioeconomic status can improve their chronic pain. The study involved 290 participants and was conducted in mostly rural areas of Alabama. After participating in the modified cognitive behavioral therapy or pain education groups, the participants reported reductions in pain intensity coupled with an increase in physical function and lower depression. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  

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About PainWise

PainWise is a public resource created by a joint task force with health care partners located throughout Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties in Oregon. Our goal is to end the opioid epidemic in our communities through education and resources on pain and pain management.