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Doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston are testing a new smartphone app designed to reduce opiate addiction among people who suffer from chronic pain. 

The app tracks information on pill use, side effects, mood and pain level, and saves the information into the patient's medical chart. It also provides the patient with tips for managing stress and relieving pain without turning to pills. 

“Patients will get a sense that someone is really watching and supporting them. We want to find out how much that will make a difference,” said Robert Jamison, PhD, Chief Psychologist at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “We also want to see if this app will help keep people out of the ER and reduce their pain.”

Jamison presented information on the app and its trial at Brigham and Women's during the International Conference on Opioids. 

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