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DHS news release

Dec. 4, 2006

Contact: Jim Sellers, 503-945-5738
Program contact: Diana Norton, 503-945-7009

Pain commission adds public comment feature to Web site

Oregonians experiencing chronic pain now can communicate directly with the Oregon Pain Management Commission via the Internet, thanks to a recent upgrade to the commission's Web site.

The new interactive component of the site allows individuals to send the commission their comments and suggestions about pain, treatment and related issues.

"The commission meets every other month in Salem, but the members wanted to encourage Oregonians to communicate with them at their own convenience," said Kathryn Hahn, a Springfield pharmacist and the commission's chairwoman. "We truly do want to hear Oregonians' ideas about pain management and treatment."

The Oregon Pain Management Commission is part of the Department of Human Services. Its members include 17 Oregonians appointed by the DHS director and two state legislators. Its mission is to improve pain management in Oregon and to represent the concerns of Oregon pain patients to the Governor and Legislature.

"We cannot offer any advice or treatment to people through the Web site," Hahn said. "But we want to hear from them so we can represent their views before DHS, legislators and the Governor."

"The Oregon Pain Management Commission believes that education, communication and participation are key to improving pain management in Oregon," Hahn said. "We encourage interested individuals to use our Web site to provide us with their comments regarding pain management. Through a collaborative effort and contributions from people affected by pain, we can make a difference in Oregon."