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Knowledge and resources to manage pain safely

Working together to end the opioid epidemic 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

PainWise First Steps class, Waldport

January 4, 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

PainWise First Steps class, Albany

January 11, 2018 1:30PM Samaritan Albany General Hospital
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

January 17, 2018 6:00PM Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
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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Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

December 13, 2017
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting
A group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital.

Class announcement: PainWise First Steps, Lincoln City

November 21, 2017
The dates and location for this course have not yet been determined. Please call (541) 768-6811 or email SHSHealthEd@samhealth.org for more information, and to sign up in advance. 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.

Chronic pain associated with traumatic brain injury: causes and management

November 21, 2017
Source: Clinical Pain Advisor
A research associate at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System in California, and colleagues have been studying the relationship between pain and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Acute pain due to tissue damage is common and typically resolves after several weeks, once the brain has healed. However, chronic pain (i.e., ongoing pain lasting for at least 3 to 6 months) may arise after TBI.

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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.