Next OPG Meeting March 16th 6-8 PM

Classic case presentations – We will discuss a number of “archetypal” clinical situations as a group – topics such as patients with fibromyalgia, patients on benzodiazepines and opioids, patients with pain and a substance abuse history, treated patients without functional improvement, and more.

Moving Through Chronic Pain: Community Forum

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LEARN HOW TO LIVE BETTER WITH CHRONIC PAIN

Pain medications can help manage chronic pain, if used safely. But we now know that many alternative/complementary treatments are just as effective, safer, and can help improve your life.

Come to our Community Forum!

  • Famous journalist Sam Quinones talks about his book “Dreamland” – how the US drug companies and the Mexican heroin drug trade has contributed to America’s epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse.
  • Tom Holt and Dr. Kevin Vowles give talks on the nature of chronic pain, complementary/alternative non-opioid treatments, and how you can live a more meaningful life along side your chronic pain”

Attend the Health Fair

We have booths and raffles prizes. Learn how Sleep, Nutrition, Education, Movement, and Medications are all part of how to manage your pain better and live a better life.

Listen to our speakers, visit with the vendors, and enjoy a delicious dinner.

DREAMLAND – Recommended Reading!

Read about two drug marketing stories – pharma marketing new “non-addictive” opiate drugs and immigrants from Mexico selling black-tar heroin like pizza. Both lead to the current addiction epidemic. On the agenda for the October OPG meeting.

Living Well With Chronic Pain Self Management Program

What: 6 week workshop. Meets once per week for 2 ½ hours. Stanford University program led by two trained facilitators. Participants learn skills to improve quality of life and increase self-efficacy in managing chronic pain symptoms.
Where: Workshops offered in community settings in Jackson and Josephine Counties.
Contact: Register for next available start date – Call 541-864-9611 or email livingwell@rvcog.org

BREAKING FREE of Chronic Pain

When: 7 week series, Mondays starting June 1st, 3:30-5:00 pm
What: Learn about the nature of chronic pain as a mind-body phenomenon. Learn how to gain more control over your mood, achieve better function and improve your quality of life. Understand the impact of lifestyle, stress and diet on pain levels.
Where: Orenda Energy Arts, 617 East Main Street, Medford
Reserve your spot: Call Integrative Healing & Recovery Programs, LLC (541) 210-1952 to enroll.

Oregon Pain Guidance Group

What: Group of healthcare professionals and community partners promoting best practices for managing complex, chronic non-cancer pain.
When: Meets monthly on third Wednesday 6-8 PM (5:30 dinner – $10) CME available for a small fee.
Where: Smullin Center – room 108, Medford, OR
Also meets same time at Three Rivers Hospital, Grants Pass, OR
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