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


Pain Waves podcast has a new home

October 14, 2016

With almost 60,000 listens and counting, Pain BC's Pain Waves podcast is your “go to” for the latest tools, trends, research, and stories on chronic pain - and now it has a new look and a new home! Make sure you update your bookmarks and RSS feeds, because Pain Waves is now on Spreaker.

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CPSBC issues revisions to opioid standards and guidelines

September 27, 2016

Since the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) announced changes to the opioid prescribing standards on June 1 2016, Pain BC and people living with chronic pain, along with representatives from a variety of organizations such as the Pain Medicine Physicians of BC Society, the BC Psychiatric Association, and the People in Pain Network, have been raising concerns with representatives of the College.

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Pain BC's New "Ask the Expert" Series on Live Plan Be

September 12, 2016

Pain BC is excited to be launching a new Ask the Expert Series on the Live Plan Be Forum. This is a live event where users can ask a special guest questions and receive answers in real time. If you want to ask a question, just make sure that you have registered for a free account on Live Plan Be, and are logged in during the time of the event so you can ask questions in the typed Q&A!

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Dr. Michael Negraeff talks Live Plan Be in The Spin Magazine

September 07, 2016

Is chronic pain making you feel like you’re losing control of your life? Dr. Michael Negraeff, who speaks from the experience of being a pain specialist and living with his own SCI neuropathic pain, says an important technique to bring pain under control is self-management—and explains how Pain BC’s new self-management online tool, Live Plan Be, can help you regain the upper hand.

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Questions and answers about the College's newly revised professional Standard: Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion

August 09, 2016

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) has just released a list of questions and answers related to the June 1st opioid prescribing guidelines.

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More needs to be done to treat chronic pain

August 04, 2016

When it comes to government funding announcements, one issued on July 18 managed to fly under the radar screen, receiving little media attention, with no mention in newspapers, radio or television.

Perhaps this was because it was an insignificant amount of money. Indeed, with a provincial health budget of $18 billion, awarding a mere $50,000 doesn't exactly stop the presses.

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Maria Hudspith speaks to CBC news about opioid guideline impacts

July 25, 2016

Pain BC's Executive Director speaks to CBC News at 6 anchor Andrew Chang about the impact of the new opioid subscribing guidelines. Watch the story below starting from 20.35 minutes.


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New prescribing rules confuse BC patients and doctors

July 22, 2016

Many doctors and patients are concerned and confused after strict new prescribing standards were issued by the College of Physician and Surgeons of B.C. for narcotics and other addictive, potentially deadly drugs like sleeping pills.

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College of Physicians and Surgeons defend opioid prescription standards

July 21, 2016

A list of standards on opioid prescriptions recently formalized by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons is coming under fire from critics who say it's forcing those in chronic pain to seek drugs on the streets.

According to the report, the 15 standards and 11 guidelines are designed to acknowledge healthcare professionals' responsibility "to mitigate its contribution to the problem of prescription drug misuse, particularly the over-prescribing of opioids, sedatives and stimulants." 

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Chronic pain sufferers may turn to the street to find opioids if doctors don't prescribe them: Pain BC

July 20, 2016

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The public health emergency declared over the number of opioid overdoses in BC should lead to more help for people at risk of overdosing, but it may also be hurting one segment of the population. A group which supports chronic pain sufferers is worried more of its members are having to turn to street drugs.

It’s estimated one in five people in BC suffer from some form of chronic pain. For some, the pain can be so bad that they’re unable to function without help.

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Pain BC concerned fentanyl outbreak hurting those with chronic pain

July 19, 2016

Pain BC is worried more people are having to turn to street drugs because doctors in BC are hesitant to prescribe opioids. Maria Hudspith of Pain BC explains how this problem effects those who need relief from chronic pain.

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New BC guidelines for prescribing opioids will drive some to street, says group

July 19, 2016

A pain management and advocacy group in British Columbia is worried that BC’s new guidelines for prescribing opioids could cause more chronic pain sufferers to turn to street drugs for pain medication, a risky prospect according to Pain BC, as pain sufferers can’t be sure of what they’re getting when they buy illegally.

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Opioid prescription chill? Pain BC's E.D on CBC Radio

July 19, 2016

Pain BC's Maria Hudspith, St Paul's Hospital's Dr. Keith Ahamad and Pain Medicine Physicians of B.C's Dr. Owen Williamson on doctors' reluctance to prescribe opioids.

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Pain sufferers turning to street drugs as B.C. doctors prescribe fewer opioids

July 19, 2016

The increased reluctance of B.C. doctors to prescribe opioids has some chronic pain sufferers turning to the black market.

Maria Hudspith, executive director of Pain B.C., said her organization is hearing from concerned pain sufferers who no longer have access to drugs they need to function normally, and are turning to the streets to acquire them.

"These are not people who are typically using street drugs," Hudspith said.

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Pain BC Executive Director speaks on the early edition: July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

Season 2016, Episode 300256613 Ottawa report, brain trauma, transplant update, Sukh Dhaliwal on OD crisis, bad news effects, Abby Hoffman on IOC Russia, West end parking, Opiod chill, sign language course

CBC Radio

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