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


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“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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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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Letters: untreated chronic pain is the real story

March 04, 2017

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.

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Provincial pain summit hears calls for national pain strategy

February 18, 2017

'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.

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