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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Two-thirds of the respondents in a Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday, April 17, 2017, said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin are

Opinion | Amy Rothenberg

Naturopathic medicine’s role in fighting the opioid crisis

Opioid medication should be prescribed only as a last resort.

Doctors are being more careful with opioid prescriptions as addiction and its effects get more recognition.

Doctors are cutting opioids, even if it harms patients

More than half of doctors across America are reducing opioid prescriptions, although that can hurt patients with chronic pain.

Karen Hanlon (left) hugged clinic supervisor Eve Kennedy-Spaien on her last day at the Functional Restoration Program for Pain Management at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Medford. She reported her pain had lessened.

Beyond pills and shots: Pain patients seek other options

Team-based pain care that empowers aching patients is effective, inexpensive — and hard to get.

Helen Obando, 13, left, rested during Pop Warner cheerleading practice at Lawrence High School.

When chronic pain is a child’s companion

When pain strikes children, the problem is complex — and often overlooked.

Helen Obando , 13, left, and her sister Haylee, 15, second from right, joined their teammates during Pop Warner cheerleading practice at Lawrence High School.

Sickle cell: an unpredictable adversary

Among childhood pain syndromes, sickle cell disease stands out as an especially bedeviling condition.

Barbara deJager used an inversion board to stretch her spine at her home in South Hamilton, Mass.

Rejecting opioids, pain patients find relief with marijuana

But the world of medical marijuana bears little resemblance to usual medical care.

Alison Novak, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, used a laundry basket while bathing her son, Jace, at her home in Johnston, R.I.

Can chronic pain be prevented?

Research looks for ways to end pain before it becomes chronic, but many questions remain.

Katie Olmstead rested at her Florence, Mass. home before getting ready for an evening of dancing.

Living in a box: stories of chronic pain

For those who live with it every day, pain confines in ways that others cannot see.

Tanya Lussier displayed her medication at her home in Lowell.

Strict opioids laws hit chronic pain sufferers hard

“I feel so trapped when I look at my bottle and see six pills left,” said Jon Rodis, 57, who has a painful genetic condition.

Survey finds struggles for pain patients nationwide

Two-thirds of respondents report greater difficulty obtaining opioid medications and say they face skepticism from medical professionals.

COMMENTARY

Globe South Commentary

Notes to Globe South from readers commenting on a range of stories.

opinion | Judy Foreman

Baker’s opioid plan gets it only half right

We are dealing with the well-publicized problem of opioid abuse and the under-publicized epidemic of chronic pain.

Quartet Medicine adds $6 million for chronic pain treatment research

The Cambridge pharmaceutical company has now raised $23.3 million from investors

Opioid guidance offered to doctors

Guidelines released Thursday intend to help patients get the correct treatment without contributing to the epidemic of opioid abuse.

14neurometrix - Dr. Shai Gozani, president and chief executive officer of NeuroMetrix, holds a wearable pain relief technology device called Quell while speaking during an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Las Vegas. Quell, which is designed by Waltham-based NeuroMetrix, is assembled and manufactured in Massachusetts. (Ronda Churchill for The Boston Globe)

Neurometrix sells pain relief patch through crowdfunding site

The Waltham-based medical device company is selling the Quell through Indiegogo.

opinion | Donald N.S. Unger

My chronic pain isn’t a crime

Ever-tighter regulations are of dubious value in reducing drug abuse and addiction.

Commentary

Pain experts weigh in on opioid debate

Two experts discuss last week’s Globe North “The Argument” piece.

Be Well

Telemedicine may ease chronic pain

A program using phone calls or the Internet to monitor symptoms and tailor care might help patients with chronic pain improve their condition.

Comments

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to articles on smoking and pain relief.

Instructor Lees Yunits at Easton Yoga Center offers a version of yoga nidra called “Divine Sleep.”

Ancient form of Yoga used to cure Yuletide stress

Yoga nidra has gained both in popularity and credibility in recent years in the West as an effective way to relieve stress and anxiety.

Franklin

Lessons on managing chronic pain

The Franklin Senior Center is hosting a program on self-management of chronic pain starting Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m and continuing every Wednesday through Oct. 23. Wellness nurse Linda Hastings will run the program, which covers techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; and communication with friends, family, and health professionals. To sign up, call the senior center at 508-520-4945.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (right) got a concussion when he was tackled by St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar in November.

Harvard to lead $100m study of NFL players

The NFL players union has selected Harvard to oversee a research initiative aimed at treating and preventing the health problems plaguing the athletes.