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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.



Global News
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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 w

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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.



CBC: BC Almanac
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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.

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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

Rick Cluff

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$50K for Pain BC's 2017 Pain Summit from Ministry of Health

July 19, 2016

On Monday 18 July, Health Minister Terry Lake announced $50,000 in new funding for Pain BC's 2017 Pain Summit.

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How do these new opioid guidelines affect you?

June 22, 2016

Important Update: Pain BC has met with the College of Physicians and Surgeons BC (CPSBC) to discuss the impact of the new Standards and Guidelines on people living with pain and their families, as well as the concerns of those physicians who have approached us since the changes on June 1.

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Health Canada to explore national plan to deal with opioid abuse

April 18, 2016

Health Minister Jane Philpott has asked her staff to work on a range of options to address Canada’s epidemic of opioid abuse, including setting up a national surveillance system to monitor drug overdoses.

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Pain BC partners in launching national pain research network

March 21, 2016

Pain BC is taking part in a new large Canadian network pioneering developments in patient-oriented health care for chronic pain research and care.

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Catch Pain BC on Radio and TV from July 8th

July 07, 2015

“For too long, people in pain have been told that the pain is in their heads and that there is nothing that can be done about it. Our campaign aims to dispel these myths.” – Maria Hudspith, Executive Director, Pain BC

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