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Class announcement: PainWise First Steps, Lincoln City

October 9, 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.

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.

Fighting the opioid epidemic

September 5, 2017
Source: The Register-Guard
Trump’s promise of an emergency declaration will help only if it includes resources.

Sleep-Wake Disorders and Chronic Pain: Reciprocal and Interactive Effects

August 22, 2017
Source: Practical Pain Management
Since sleep and chronic pain often co-exist, each condition should be individually recognized to assure the patient receiving attention to both the medical and mental health conditions.

Why Data About the Opioid Epidemic Is So Unreliable, and How To Fix It.

August 19, 2017
Source: Slate
Headlines about the opioid epidemic come with often staggering reports of the numbers of deaths, of overdoses, and of lives saved by Naloxone. As staggering as those numbers are, though, there are many reasons to believe the numbers we have are unreliable.

Foster care rates skyrocketing amid drug addiction in southern Oregon

August 19, 2017
Source: The News-Review (Douglas County, OR)
Drug use is increasing in rural Oregon, particularly with an opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. As drug arrests, hospitalizations and overdoses have increased, so has the number of children entering the foster care system in these communities.