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Video: Providers' Clinical Support System discuss the importance of medication assisted treatment

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) discuss the importance of medication assisted treatment in opioid use disorder (OUD) and the opioid epidemic. They also discuss the need for primary care providers to begin treating opioid use disorder patients.

Walks, not pills: Clinic gives hope to patients with chronic pain

Doctors at Pain Management Rehabilitation, a pilot program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, work with patients to gradually stop taking addictive medications.

Video: Managing chronic pain without drugs

As the damage of opioids becomes clear, doctors are increasingly looking for alternatives for managing pain. Biofeedback can reduce chronic pain, so can mindfulness training and yoga, Miles O'Brien reports.

Samaritan launches campaign for new treatment facility

Samaritan Health Services, which has been addressing the opioid addiction crisis for several years, is launching a $4-million campaign to build a residential treatment facility for people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. The Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services facility has been in the works for more than two years and will be a key piece of Samaritan’s response to President Trump’s recent declaration that opioid addiction is a public health emergency nationwide.

Umatilla County to lead regional opioid fight

The Umatilla County’s health department and three others in neighboring counties will receive $200,000 in federal funds over two years to battle opioid addiction in Eastern Oregon. Umatilla, Union, Malheur and Baker counties make up a region the Oregon Health Authority has deemed a priority in dealing with what has been hailed as a national epidemic that killed more than 64,000 Americans through overdoses in 2016. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of opioid overdose deaths nationally has quadrupled since 1999.

Video: Face to Face with the Prescription Opioid Crisis

Each year 22,000 people die from prescription opioid overdoses. The National Safety Council shows that behind every statistic is a face, a person, and a story. 

Video: TIME & Mic Present - Life After Addiction

Following decades of dependency, one fateful overdose led to a chance at redemption. (Video contains explicit language and content that may not be suitable for children).

Pain-management program helps people with quality of life

Nine weeks ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to get Shannon Livingood out of bed before noon. The 46-year-old has chronic pain — the result of domestic-violence injuries suffered several years ago. Getting out of bed and being active were often unbearable. “My couch and my bed were my best friends,” the Vancouver woman said. But these days, Livingood is up by 7:30 a.m. She’s dressed, ready for the day and out the door by 9 a.m. She runs errands. She explores the community. She goes to the gym. “I truly want my life back,” Livingood said.

How the government can fight the opioid epidemic under a public health emergency

At this point in the nation's opioid epidemic, fighting back is mainly about quickly making money available: Money for treatment. Money for the overdose antidote naloxone. Money to hire more people to help overwhelmed cities and states battle a crisis that killed an estimated 64,000 Americans last year.

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.