A local response to a national epidemic
“In Oregon, more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug, including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine,” according to the Oregon Health Authority. “An average of 3 Oregonians die every week from prescription opioid overdose, and many more develop opioid use disorder.”
And yet, chronic pain is a real symptom that has a long-term negative effect on millions of people’s lives.
The shared mission of the PainWise Opioid Safety Task Force is to reform opioid prescription guidelines here in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties, and to help members of our community manage pain safely.
Still, our three county region reported some of the highest mortality rates not just in the state, but in the country in recent years. The Task Force recognizes that the opioid epidemic cannot be treated by prescription guidelines alone.
Our efforts need support with awareness campaigns, information, and training for our healthcare providers, patients, and the community.
The Task Force launched the PainWise website in August 2016 as part of an ongoing public education campaign. PainWise.org now serves as a hub of opioid and pain-related information and resources for patients and their families, healthcare providers, and the community at large.
Short- and long-term goals
Our short-term goals are to:
- Increase local awareness of the opioid epidemic.
- Achieve consistent opioid prescription practices in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties.
- Reduce the prescription opioid mortality rate in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties.
- Provide training to community members and physicians.
- Provide information and valuable resources to pain patients, their families, and the general community.
Long-term, our goal is to eliminate opioid overdose deaths in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties.
Community participation wanted
You’re invited to help make PainWise an effective resource for our community. Please contact us to share your ideas and feedback. You’re also welcome to suggest an event, organization, or support group to add to this website.