“The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit” – FREE Copy, Enter to Win!

2019-04-02T15:18:29-07:00July 27th, 2016|

My inspiration for writing this second book was the patients I treat -- and the millions of other people living with pain who are seeking relief. I was also inspired by the legions of healthcare providers who are desperately looking for accessible, low-cost, non-opioid solutions to offer their patients. The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit is an easy-to-read resource that’s chock full of information that patients can put to use immediately. Written at the 8th grade level, it [...]

“Less Pain, Fewer Pills” on The Healing Pain Podcast

2019-04-02T15:18:29-07:00July 19th, 2016|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CPUUkYlcy8 I was excited when Dr. Joe Tatta invited me to be on "The Healing Pain Podcast" about psychology and its role in pain management, and symptom and medication reduction. We covered a lot of ground in our hour-long video interview, including what's needed to help patients suffer less and gain control over their experience. I talked about my new book, The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit ©2016 and learned that Dr. Tatta has a book of his [...]

Our JAMA Internal Medicine Study of Opioid Risks After Surgery Published Today

2018-12-15T10:55:20-07:00July 11th, 2016|

Stanford Medicine News Center covers new research led by Dr. Eric Sun from the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, describes the incidence of and risk factors for chronic opioid use among opioid-naïve patients in the postoperative period. The study highlights which patients may be particularly vulnerable. Read the JAMA story here. The Stanford Medicine News Story (author: Tracie White) includes a discussion about how to treat pain differently to minimize risks. I [...]

An International Furor Over Opioids and Long-term Solutions for Pain

2019-03-23T12:06:59-07:00June 11th, 2016|

Opioid limits alone are not good pain care policy. In the international furor over opioid overprescribing and overdose deaths, we must extend beyond the current zero-sum conversation that pits overdose deaths vs. patients who need access to pain care. This Huffington Post explores what's needed so everyone wins. Read the post

Stanford Back Pain Education Day 2016! FREE!

2019-03-23T12:06:45-07:00May 25th, 2016|

Please join us for the 2016 Stanford Back Pain Education Day taking place on September 11, 2016, at Cemex Auditorium on Stanford University campus. If you have back pain, please join us for an exciting day filled with lectures from Stanford pain experts and information on community resources, research opportunities, and state-of-the-art back pain treatments! In addition to great information and resources, all attendees receive complimentary lunch, goody bags, and other giveaways! Registration is now full. Please join [...]

Insurance Restricts Opioids – Now What for Pain?

2019-03-23T11:54:59-07:00May 24th, 2016|

The National Pain Report publishes a feature interview to address the question - what happens after opioids are limited or stopped? Patients with chronic pain are being unfairly punished for the actions of addicts. And, importantly: how do we treat pain differently? Beth Darnall, Ph.D. addresses all of these questions and more. Read the article here.

Tapering Off Prescription Opioids: 7 Tips for Success!

2018-12-15T11:05:36-07:00May 10th, 2016|

Dr. Darnall's Healthgreatness article on Opioid Tapering HERE. The specter of tapering off prescription opioids may be fraught with anxiety for the people taking them. Patients often worry about how they will manage the difficulty of the taper process. Patients also often mistakenly believe they will have more pain without opioids because they may have experienced more pain when they missed a dose and had withdrawal symptoms.  With the right formula and plan, tapering can go smoothly [...]

Feature Interview with Pain Pathways Magazine – Less Pain, Fewer Pills

2019-03-23T12:05:52-07:00April 19th, 2016|

I was honored to be interviewed by Pain Pathways Magazine about Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain (Bull Publishing). Though Less Pain, Fewer Pills published almost 2 years ago, today it is more relevant than ever. In a climate of opioid restrictions, people with pain need alternatives. And, even if opioids are part of your medical plan, the book teaches you ways to reduce their own pain [...]

San Francisco Chronicle editorial on the pain and opioid crises, and a national call to action

2019-03-23T11:57:31-07:00April 4th, 2016|

My editorial published today in the San Francisco Chronicle. Topic: the pain and opioid crises, and what we need to do differently as a nation. The IOM Report, the National Pain Strategy, and the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine are cited.