PainWise is a public resource founded in Oregon to help patients, family members, community leaders, and physicians throughout Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties understand and treat pain. We believe that by spreading knowledge, we can empower people living with pain to discover safe, effective therapies and lead long and healthy lives.
Our mission is to build an accurate, regional understanding of what pain is, promote safe treatment options, and share resources to support those who deal with pain, either directly (as patients) or indirectly (as family members, healthcare providers, or community leaders). In so doing, we aim to reform opioid prescription guidelines and reduce prescription opioid mortality throughout our region.
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,” the Oregon Health Authority reported. On average, three Oregonians “die every week from prescription opioid overdose, and many more develop opioid use disorder.”
The problem has been particularly acute in our tri-county region. In recent years, we’ve reported some of the highest opioid mortality rates not just in the state, but the country.
We recognize that the opioid epidemic cannot be treated by prescription guidelines alone. To make a difference in our communities, we need awareness campaigns, information, and training for healthcare providers, patients, and others.
That’s why, in late 2015, Samaritan Health Services, local public health departments, clinicians from multiple disciplines, higher education partners, and others came together as a regional task force to do just that.
PainWise was born. The task force launched this website in August 2016 as part of an ongoing public education campaign. PainWise.org now serves as a hub of pain information and resources for patients and their families, healthcare providers, and communities at large.
Short-term and long-term goals for Oregon pain management
Our short-term goals are to:
- Reach people living with persistent pain and their families with the information and resources they need to understand pain and treat it safely
- Promote new research and concepts about pain to healthcare providers, bringing their understanding up to date with the most current modalities
- Provide educational opportunities for community members to discover what pain is, address the opioid epidemic, and learn about safe treatment options
- Achieve consistent opioid prescription practices and reduce the prescription opioid mortality rate throughout our tri-county region
Long-term, PainWise exists to help people with persistent pain live longer, healthier lives, as well as to eliminate opioid overdose deaths in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties.
We believe these goals can be achieved by building an accurate, regional understanding of pain and safe pain treatment options. By sharing knowledge and resources with people who have persistent pain, their families, local leaders, and healthcare providers, we can help our communities take control, and take care.
We need you
Join us. With your help, we can make PainWise an effective resource in our community. Please contact us to share your ideas, offer feedback, or suggest an event, organization, or support group to add to this website.