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Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

December 13, 2017
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting
A group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital.

Class announcement: PainWise First Steps, Lincoln City

November 21, 2017
The dates and location for this course have not yet been determined. Please call (541) 768-6811 or email SHSHealthEd@samhealth.org for more information, and to sign up in advance. This free, six-week course will provide participants with effective tools to help manage chronic pain. Each session will incorporate behavioral health and gentle movement components with instruction by a trained behaviorist and a physical therapist.

Chronic pain associated with traumatic brain injury: causes and management

November 21, 2017
Source: Clinical Pain Advisor
A research associate at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System in California, and colleagues have been studying the relationship between pain and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Acute pain due to tissue damage is common and typically resolves after several weeks, once the brain has healed. However, chronic pain (i.e., ongoing pain lasting for at least 3 to 6 months) may arise after TBI.

Menopause May Be Risk Period for Chronic Pain, Opioid Use

October 17, 2017
Source: Medpage Today
Veterans undergoing the transition of menopause were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with chronic pain and to have records showing chronic pain diagnoses on multiple, separate occasions.

Mental Health Disorders a Strong Predictor of an Opioid Prescription

October 17, 2017
Source: Pain Medicine News
Americans suffering from mental health disorders—16% of the population—are receiving more than half of all prescribed opioids, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Walden expands investigation of alleged opioid pill dumping

October 9, 2017
Source: KTVZ
Continuing his efforts to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon and across the country, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has expanded an investigation into alleged prescription pill dumping by a major drug company.

Absolutes in Chronic Pain Treatment Can Backfire

October 9, 2017
Source: National Pain Report
"At the end of the day, patients need better access to skilled providers and treatments such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy for pain, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and chronic pain self-management...We aim test the ability of behavioral treatments to facilitate pain and opioid reduction. Nobody wants to take opioids, patients just want less pain."

American Fix: How a startup hopes to treat the rural opioid epidemic — at a profit

September 26, 2017
Source: The Verge
Startup Groups targets two barriers to opioid addiction treatment — proximity and price — by building low-cost facilities in small towns and rural communities. Each center offers a prescription for Suboxone and basic group therapy at $65 a week. “Today, most rehabs treat addiction like its an acute condition. High upfront cost, very little ongoing support and community,” says Schlafman. “Really it should be treated like a chronic condition, with an affordable subscription offering that is community enabled.”

Trump hasn't formally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and lawmakers want to know why

September 19, 2017
Source: CNBC
Four weeks after President Trump said he would declare a national emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, the White House has not yet taken that dramatic step. The monthlong delay has left some lawmakers and advocates wondering whether Trump plans to follow through on a promise that could expand access to treatment and increase the availability of overdose reversal drugs.

The Opioid Epidemic Needs A Strategy For Teens

September 14, 2017
Source: WBUR (Boston Public Radio)
Any forward-thinking national overdose strategy needs to invest heavily early in the life course -- that is, in children and adolescents. To be successful, the strategy must prevent teens from initiating problematic opioid use in the first place, and expand access to evidence-based treatment for teens.