In national news:

A $22 million, five year study that will be conducted by several U.S. agencies will focus on alternative therapies for chronic pain that do not depend upon opioid painkillers. The new research program, spearheaded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development Division, will look at non-drug approaches for treating chronic pain and some of the conditions that go hand-in-hand with it, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse and sleep problems. Modalities to be studied will include, but are not limited to psychotherapy, bright light therapy and self-hypnosis.

Read full coverage and see a table of the treatment modalities from Pain Medicine News here.

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