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Lacomb Woman Triumphs over Addiction to Pain Medication

Christien was prescribed an opioid pain medication for her chest pain in 2006. At first, it helped relieve the symptoms. But soon, it stopped working. In the time since Christien was first prescribed pain medication, the Oregon Medical Board has advised that taking high-dose opioid medication dramatically increases the risk of death from overdose. During that first visit, Nathan Mason, MD, of Sweet Home Family Medicine, shared his assessment with Christien and her husband.

Trump says opioid crisis is a national emergency, pledges more money and attention

President Trump declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency, saying the epidemic exceeded anything he had seen with other drugs in his lifetime. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued a preliminary report that described the overdose death toll as “September 11th every three weeks” and urged the president to declare a national emergency.

Using Holistic Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain Syndrome

The causes of chronic pain syndrome are complex, and chronic pain treatment approaches must address both the mind and body.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Guarding and Movement Justification

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, about the body's "guarding" response to pain, and the importance of movement when dealing with chronic pain.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Muscle Strengthening vs. Stretching

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, about the difference between strengthening and stretching muscles, two ways to potentially help manage chronic pain.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Breathing and Posture

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, showing a simple posture and breathing exercise from a recent PainWise class.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Pacing Yourself

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, about the importance of pacing yourself when dealing with chronic pain.

Man accused of stealing Portland MAX stabbing victim's ring was once a hero too

Those who knew him say that, before addiction destroyed his life, George Elwood Tschaggeny would have been one of the heroes who stood up on the train.

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.

Video: Users of opioid painkillers often grapple with risking addiction or living with pain

Respondents who took part in The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey on long-term, opioid painkiller use share their experiences of living with pain.