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


$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. Planning for the summit - the second of its kind - is already underway, and this funding will allow us to develop a robust program to bring together people in pain, healthcare providers, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders. “Chronic pain is an often invisible challenge for the one in five British Columbians who live with it every day,” Lake said.

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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. Our representatives felt that the College was receptive to the concerns raised, and we anticipate that the College will issue a public statement soon to clarify the intention of the Standards and Guidelines and, potentially, to announce some amendments.

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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.

“There’s an exponential growth in the number of opioid overdose deaths,” Dr. Philpott told The Globe and Mail. “It’s one of the most stark examples of why we have got to find a new way forward and we have got to address this.”

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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.

Pain BC is a key partner in the Chronic Pain Network, a national collaboration project which will see patients work with researchers, health care professionals, educators and government policy advisors to increase care access for chronic pain sufferers and speed up the translation of the most recent research to the reality of 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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Pain BC receives 2015 Humanitarian Award

May 29, 2015

The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) has presented its 2015 Humanitarian Award to Pain BC, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with chronic pain.

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25 million dollar grant for new pain research in Canada

May 21, 2015

Researchers Across Canada Collaborate in Pain Research Opportunity

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Pain BC launches Basics For Health program—help beyond the doctor’s office

November 02, 2014

November 2-8, 2014 is National Pain Awareness Week; here in British Columbia, Pain BC is raising awareness about persistent pain like never before. As one respondent recently shared with Pain BC in an online survey conducted by Catalyst Research Group in October, "Chronic pain is very difficult to deal with alone. The supports created by Pain BC are invaluable."

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Sufferers of chronic pain and the government’s war on OxyContin

March 15, 2012

“Chronic pain is even worse to live with than lung, cardiac or liver disease. Bad chronic pain is connected with the worst quality of life. People don’t realize that it is a disease on its own, not just a symptom.”

That’s a pain warrior talking, a warrior who has been in the battle against pain for over 25 years. Dr. Mary Lynch’s new patients wait more than two years to see her because of her renown as an unusually empathetic physician who understands the complexities of living with pain, day in, day out, year after year.

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