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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.

 

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 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 problematic opioid use

April 18, 2016

Health Minister Jane Philpott has asked her staff to work on a range of options to address Canada’s overdose epidemic, 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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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.”

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