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DHS news release

Sept. 11, 2007

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738
Program contact: Kathy Hahn, Pharm.D: 541-687-7633

Health professionals invited to Oct. 25 pain-management conference in Salem

The appropriate use of opioids in the treatment of patients with chronic pain, a significant issue for medical professionals, will be among the subjects addressed during a day-long conference Oct. 25 at the Salem Conference Center.

The conference -- "Pain Management: One goal, multiple approaches" -- is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, psychologists and physical therapists.

"Our goal is to provide solid, up-to-date information about this difficult area of medical treatment," said Diana Norton, R.N., state pain management coordinator in the Oregon Department of Human Services. "This conference will both deliver new information and answer medical professionals' tough questions about managing chronic pain."

Keynote speaker will be Jennifer P. Schneider, M.D., an Arizona internist and author of the book, "Living with Chronic Pain." She will speak about the appropriate use of opioids in treating patients with chronic pain, including those with a history of chemical addiction.

Other speakers, members of the Oregon Pain Management Commission, will address pain management from the perspective of their medical specialties: Kathy Hahn, D.Pharm., of Springfield, commission chair, Bi-Mart pharmacy manager and pain management specialist; Rick Marinelli, ND, a Portland naturopathic doctor; Peter Kosek, M.D., Eugene, who specializes in pain management and anesthesiology; Stephen Eraker, M.D., of Bend, internal medicine; Tom Watson, DPT, a Bend physical therapist and board member of the American Academy of Pain Management; and Teresa Keane, R.N., nurse practitioner of Portland.

The conference is co-sponsored by DHS and Salem Hospital. Medical professionals, who may earn continuing medical education credit, may pay $85 if they register by Oct. 19. 

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