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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress weakened the DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, a Washington Post and ‘60 Minutes’ investigation finds.
Each year, more than 300 patients with chronic pain take part in a three-week program at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Their complaints range widely, from specific problems such as intractable lower-back pain to systemic issues such as fibromyalgia. By the time patients enroll, many have tried just about everything to get their chronic pain under control. Half are taking opioids. But in this 40-year-old program, they can't stay on them. Participants must agree to taper off pain medications during their time at Mayo.