Pain BC News

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pain BC's Executive Director, Maria Hudspith, and Pain BC's co-founder Dr. Michael Negraeff discuss opioids, pain, and the 2nd Provincial Pain Summit on the CBC Almanac.

Listen from 25.08:

Friday, February 17, 2017
The Early Edition with Rick Cluff

Maria Hudspith, Pain BC's Executive Director, talks to Rick Cluff about our Provincial Pain Summit, as well as the current opioid crisis and CPSBC Guideline changes.

Listen starting at 51:00:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Co-Op Radio

Maria Hudspith spent an hour with Co-op Radio on the Soap Box show to discuss the work Pain BC does, the impacts of chronic pain, as well as our 2017 Provincial Pain Summit, along with Dave Thomson (who attended the Summit) and Patty Emery.

The segment starts at 1.30:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Pain BC

The National Guidelines for use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain are now out. They were developed by the National Pain Centre at McMaster University and funded by Health Canada. The authors encourage public feedback and comments but have stated that the guidelines are unlikely to change unless compelling evidence that the panel hadn't considered is presented.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Vancouver Sun
Erin Ellis

The diagnosis knocked the wind out of her: breast cancer and the prospect of a mastectomy within days.

As an anesthesiologist — a specialist who makes surgical miracles possible by putting patients in a deep sleep and then awakening them to live again — Dr. Rassamee Ling knew what to expect after surgery.

“My big worry was preventing chronic pain. I knew right at the outset that was a possibility,” Ling says eight months after her initial surgery and two months after breast reconstruction.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Vancouver Sun
Daphne Bramham

'At 72, he’s endured more than 20 years of chronic pain punctuated by excruciating, breakthrough pain. For the past four years, it’s been mostly tolerable after extensive spinal surgery and with daily doses of opioids.

Until now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
CBC Early Edition
CBC Early Edition with Rick Cluff

Take a listen to Pain BC's Executive Director, Maria Hudspith,as she chats with Rick Cluff on the Early Edition about the very real impact of the opioid prescribing guidelines on people living with pain. Maria's interview starts at  2:11:21 and runs to 2:20:20.

Listen here: 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Vancouver Sun
Daphne Bramham

"Opioid prescriptions just keep rising in Canada, despite dire warnings about them fuelling death on the streets and growing evidence that long-term use is more hazardous than helpful.

Canada’s per capita prescription rate is the second highest in the world, which is nearly five times that of European countries.

Why? A short answer is that opioids provide some relief — albeit not as much relief as pharmaceutical companies promise — to the one in five Canadians who suffer from chronic pain.

The longer answer is a complicated stew.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Vancouver Sun
Daphne Bramham

'“Funny story,” the email begins. What follows is anything but.

Recounted are five years of pain, suffering and a gradually increasing prescription drug dependency, which even now is barely enough for the storyteller to make it through the day looking after two kids.

The storyteller has a spinal injury. Surgeons initially refused to operate; a couple of years later they determined it had been operable, but now it was too late. The storyteller now has chronic pain that includes tingling and burning down one arm and into the thumb and pointer finger.