Pain BC News

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

An updated version of the national guideline for opioid prescribing was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Monday May 8, 2017. The updated guideline aligns with the current evidence on opioid prescribing and harm reduction, while attempting to address the limitations of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) standards.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The Globe and Mail
Dawn Rae Downton

"Imagine my surprise, on reading the news last spring, to find that I’d contributed to the spike in fentanyl street deaths in Vancouver.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DId you know that every year, since 2011, distracted driving has killed and injured more people than impaired driving? It is now the leading cause of death and injury on BC roadways. Tragically, it kills an average of 81 people per year and injures tens of thousands more - and it's only getting worse. Along with the emotional and physical impacts on individuals, this places an incredible strain on our public healthcare and insurance systems, making it an issue that truly affects all British Columbians.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
CBC News
Roshini Nair

'In a new position paper, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia says physiotherapy should be better utilized to treat chronic pain which would reduce reliance on painkillers and the potential for drug addiction.

The association's CEO, Christine Bradstock, says chronic pain sufferers are often prescribed painkillers as a treatment.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Times Colonist
Sarah Petrescu

'Sooke resident Sandra Hughes says pressure on doctors to reduce prescription opioids for patients, or cut them off completely, has left her in constant pain, unable to work and forced to buy dangerous street drugs.

“Percocet, oxycodone, stuff I don’t know the name of, anything to ease the pain,” said Hughes, 51.

“Later today, I kid you not, I will be making inquiries into buying heroin.”

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Ministry of Health Press Release

'VICTORIA - Health Minister Terry Lake announced $1.5 million in new funding today to support British Columbians living with chronic pain.

The funding to Pain BC will help support the outcomes of the second Provincial Pain Summit, which took place in February, and created a space to share and learn best practices for chronic pain management.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Vancouver Sun
Owen Willamson

'If your only tool is regulation, everyone appears under-regulated; at least that’s the impression one would gain from reading Dr. Ailve McNestry’s opinion in The Vancouver Sun on Feb. 22.

McNestry, a deputy registrar and spokeswoman for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., described a B.C. man with a complex history of chronic pain and mental-health disorders as a doctor-shopping abuser of painkillers and other addictive drugs.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Vancouver Sun
Maria Hudspith

Pain BC's Executive Director, Maria Hudspith, wrote a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun in response to a recent article titled  B.C. man with PTSD got opioid, painkiller prescriptions from 10 doctors, 10 pharmacies over four-month period

Re: B.C. man with PTSD got opioid, painkiller prescriptions from 10 doctors, Feb. 22

Saturday, February 18, 2017
CBC News

'Health professionals and advocates at Friday's Provincial Pain Summit say a national pain strategy could balance the needs of those who live with chronic pain with the dangers of over-prescribing addictive opiates.

They say the opioid crisis that claimed over 900 lives in 2016 has swung the pendulum from over-prescription of drugs like oxycodone and even fentanyl, which are used legitimately by some in excruciating pain, to a point where some patients can't get the drugs they need.