Pain BC News

Friday, July 22, 2016
Vancouver Sun
Pamela Fayerman

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
CBC News
Anna Dimoff

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
News 1130
Jill Drews

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.

Tuesday, 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
CBC Radio
Rick Cluff

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

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
CBC News
Matt Meuse

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
CBC: BC Almanac

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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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Cantech Letter
Jayson MacLean

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Global News

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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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Guardian
SE Smith

In the debate over opioid addition, there’s one group we aren’t hearing from: chronic pain patients, many of whom need to use the drugs on a long-term basis