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


cmaj news

Chronic pain associations struggle to raise awareness of “silent epidemic”

March 28, 2018

'Little has been written about the infrastructure in Canada’s health care system to support Canadians struggling with chronic pain. There’s a good reason for that, according to Maria Hudspith, executive director of Pain BC.

“There is no health care infrastructure for people with chronic pain,” she said.

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The Georgia Straight

Opioid refugees: How the fentanyl crisis led to a backlash against doctors that's leaving people in pain

March 17, 2018

'David Reid’s body has taken a few blows over its 68 years. In 1992, he was in a bad car accident that left him with a severe concussion. This affected his balance and led to a couple falls down stairs. Last July, Reid had a knee replacement. He has problems with the muscles in his neck and upper back. Degenerative discs in his spine often cause pain.

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Pain BC

How the new opioid prescribing guidelines risk patient care

March 02, 2018

'Since the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) announced changes to the opioid prescribing standards on June 1, 2016, health care providers and people living with pain have raised concerns about how the new policy may have a damaging impact on the treatment of chronic pain in this province. 

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cmaj news

“Complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers” — the stigma of living with chronic pain

February 20, 2018

'Early on an August morning in 1986, after a night without sleep, 16-year-old Keith Meldrum slid low on his seat and dozed off. He was alone, behind the wheel of a Plymouth Duster. The big, steel car missed a corner on the rural highway and rolled end over end. After the car came to a stop, Meldrum stumbled out and collapsed near the Duster’s rear bumper.

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Pain BC

Letter to the Editor: It begins with pain

February 07, 2018

'Perry Kendall is correct when he says that "we are going to have to think more broadly" about our response to the overdose epidemic (B.C. Health Officer Calls For Greater Focus On Opioid Crisis, Feb. 1).

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National Pain Report

Is a solution to chronic pain treatment underway in Canada?

January 26, 2018

'How the Canadian province of British Columbia is approaching the treatment of chronic pain might be worth watching.

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Global News

B.C. Addictions Minister dealing with chronic pain issue from opioid crisis: Health Minister

January 18, 2018

'Over to you, Addictions Minster: that is the response of Health Minister Adrian Dix to a call by an advocacy group for more provincial government help for people suffering from chronic pain.

It’s an unintended consequence of the overdose crisis: B.C. doctors prescribing fewer opioids to reduce addiction.

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Help exists for chronic pain sufferers

January 17, 2018

'A significant number of people in the province are affected by chronic pain, according to Pain BC director Jennifer Hanson. One in five British Columbians suffer from the condition, which translates to roughly 4,000 Powell River residents.

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Simi Sara Show: Chronic pain patients need more than opioids, and province must act: B.C. advocate

January 16, 2018

Pain BC Executive Director, Maria Hudspith, speaks on the Simi Sara show about how people living with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it’s up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy.

Listen to the show here.

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Chronic pain patients need more than opioids: B.C. advocate

January 15, 2018

'VANCOUVER -- People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it's up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families.

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Chronic Pain Events and Resources in Powell River

January 10, 2018

Chronic pain resources and tools for people living in Powell River from the Powell River Division of Family Practice.
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Updated Canadian guideline for opioid prescribing released

May 08, 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.

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Pain BC partners with BC coalition to end distracted driving

May 02, 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.

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Pain BC receives $1.5 million to support provincial pain summit outcomes

March 30, 2017

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

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Letters: Untreated chronic pain is the real story

March 08, 2017

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

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