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The Pain BC blog serves as a space for relevant chronic pain news, events, stories and other opportunities available for people living with pain.

 

Chronic pain patients need more than opioids: B.C. advocate

January 15, 2018

'VANCOUVER -- People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it's up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families.

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Chronic Pain Events and Resources in Powell River

January 10, 2018

Chronic pain resources and tools for people living in Powell River from the Powell River Division of Family Practice.
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Updated Canadian guideline for opioid prescribing released

May 08, 2017

An updated version of the national guideline for opioid prescribing was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Monday May 8, 2017. The updated guideline aligns with the current evidence on opioid prescribing and harm reduction, while attempting to address the limitations of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) standards.

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Pain BC partners with BC coalition to end distracted driving

May 02, 2017

DId you know that every year, since 2011, distracted driving has killed and injured more people than impaired driving? It is now the leading cause of death and injury on BC roadways. Tragically, it kills an average of 81 people per year and injures tens of thousands more - and it's only getting worse. Along with the emotional and physical impacts on individuals, this places an incredible strain on our public healthcare and insurance systems, making it an issue that truly affects all British Columbians.

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Pain BC receives $1.5 million to support provincial pain summit outcomes

March 30, 2017

'VICTORIA - Health Minister Terry Lake announced $1.5 million in new funding today to support British Columbians living with chronic pain. 

The funding to Pain BC will help support the outcomes of the second Provincial Pain Summit, which took place in February, and created a space to share and learn best practices for chronic pain management. 

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Letters: Untreated chronic pain is the real story

March 08, 2017

'Re: B.C. man with PTSD got opioid, painkiller prescriptions from 10 doctors, Feb. 22

I was discouraged to read your article on doctor shopping and opioids. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. has provided no evidence of the degree of this problem. Out of the province’s 12,000 physicians, only 150-200 must attend a safe prescribing course. The issue of over-prescribing is being overstated and the larger issue of unmanaged pain obscured. 

It’s important to remember: 

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Letters: untreated chronic pain is the real story

March 04, 2017

Pain BC's Executive Director, Maria Hudspith, wrote a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun in response to a recent article titled  B.C. man with PTSD got opioid, painkiller prescriptions from 10 doctors, 10 pharmacies over four-month period

Re: B.C. man with PTSD got opioid, painkiller prescriptions from 10 doctors, Feb. 22

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Provincial pain summit hears calls for national pain strategy

February 18, 2017

'Health professionals and advocates at Friday's Provincial Pain Summit say a national pain strategy could balance the needs of those who live with chronic pain with the dangers of over-prescribing addictive opiates.

They say the opioid crisis that claimed over 900 lives in 2016 has swung the pendulum from over-prescription of drugs like oxycodone and even fentanyl, which are used legitimately by some in excruciating pain, to a point where some patients can't get the drugs they need.

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Chronic pain sufferers need help from the province, say advocates

February 17, 2017

'While much of the health care funding announced on Friday has been earmarked to tackle the opioid crisis, chronic pain sufferers caught in the middle hope the province will use some of it to put a system in place to help them.

One out of every five people in British Columbia lives with chronic pain. For Ada Glustein, an active Vancouver senior, the pain was initially all-consuming.

“It was hard to concentrate on anything else, it hurt so much. It was a deep ache that was constant,” Glustein said.

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Pain BC's executive director & Dr. Michael Negraeff talk pain, opioids & provincial Summit

February 17, 2017

Pain BC's Executive Director, Maria Hudspith, and Pain BC's co-founder Dr. Michael Negraeff discuss opioids, pain, and the 2nd Provincial Pain Summit on the CBC Almanac.

Listen to the podcast here, starting from 25.08.

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Chronic pain sufferers need help from the province, say advocates

February 17, 2017

'While much of the health care funding announced on Friday has been earmarked to tackle the opioid crisis, chronic pain sufferers caught in the middle hope the province will use some of it to put a system in place to help them.

One out of every five people in British Columbia lives with chronic pain. For Ada Glustein, an active Vancouver senior, the pain was initially all-consuming.

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New national opioid guidelines released

February 08, 2017

The National Guidelines for use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain are now out. They were developed by the National Pain Centre at McMaster University and funded by Health Canada. The authors encourage public feedback and comments but have stated that the guidelines are unlikely to change unless compelling evidence that the panel hadn't considered is presented. You can provide your feedback here: http://ow.ly/1xta308AaCI

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'The pain is just never-ending': Making the case for long-term opioid use

February 02, 2017

'Like many drug users, Heather Fugere experimented before she started taking opioids regularly. First there were the Tylenol 3s. Then there was the Tramadol. But it wasn't until a bad fall led her to the emergency ward where she discovered Oxycodone. 

"All of a sudden I was pain-free in my back and it was just like living again," Fugere said from her home in Coquitlam, B.C. 

Fugere, a 73-year-old grandmother, isn't the typical picture that comes to mind when we talk about long-term opioid use.

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