We provide a safe place where people with chronic pain can support one another, develop friendships, share ideas and thoughts, obtain information about their condition from professionals and each other, and learn coping skills in a nonjudgmental and caring atmosphere.

We meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Hospitality Room of The Pines in Ocean Park, Maine.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

What's new?
Meeting, June 2, 2016:
Opioids, pain treatment and regulation

Megan Garratt-Reed, a legislative assistant to First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, will speak to the Southern Maine Chronic Pain Support group about current legislative efforts to regulate prescription opioid pain drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

The meeting will be held Thursday, June 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Pines in Ocean Park.

Garratt-Reed will discuss federal proposals to regulate opioid use and will also seek feedback from meeting attendees about their experience with chronic pain treatment and relief.

Opioids have come under greater scrutiny recently due to problems with abuse and addiction that has been referred to as a public epidemic. Data from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse shows the number of Mainers seeking opioid addiction treatment in the state tripled between 2010 and 2014. Deaths from drug overdoses have also increased sharply in recent years, leading to calls for tighter regulation of prescription opioid medications.

The meeting will be in the hospitality room at The Pines in Ocean Park. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Team of undergrad and COM students win poster competition at the Maine Osteopathic Association's Midwinter Symposium
A team of four UNE students, comprised of two undergraduates and two College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) students, participated in a student Research and Scholarship Forum at the Midwinter Symposium held by the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) on February 6, 2015, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine. The team won first place in a poster presentation contest.

Maine Voices: UNE making strides in understanding chronic pain
Grateful to be taken seriously at last, chronic pain sufferers are glad to participate in the research.

Portland Press Herald series
The Portland Press Herald ran a three part series of articles on chronic pain in December, 2014. See our Resources page for links to the articles.

University of New England Video Series
In 2013 two University of New England students collaborated to document chronic pain in conjunction with the Pain Support Group of Southern Maine. See our Resources page for links to the videos.

Group featured on National Public Radio program
The Chronic Pain Support Group was featured in a HumanKind radio show recently. Listen to a clip from the show.

Evelyn: (207) 937-5020
Jane: (207) 934-4189
Email: supportgroup@gwi.net
Our next meeting

Topic: Meetings and other news
We are now using our Facebook page to post information about upcoming meetings and other news. Just look up and to the right for the most recent information.