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Opioids

The Chronic Pain of Pain Management

How the new opioid prescribing guidelines risk patient care

Kathryn Sutton

Reprinted from "Opioids" issue of Visions Journal, 2018, 13 (3), p. 26

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.

“It Helped me Forget”

A young mother’s journey through loss—and finding hope

Farren Whitford

Reprinted from "Opioids" issue of Visions Journal, 2018, 13 (3), p. 23

Growing up, I lived with my mom until I was about 12 and then I moved in with my grandma (me and my stepdad just didn’t get along). I lived with Grandma for about a year. She was an awesome lady. Then I got taken away by MCFD [Ministry of Children and Family Development, child protection services].

How Did We End Up Here?

Holding on through a close friend’s opioid addiction

Astrid*

Reprinted from "Opioids" issue of Visions Journal, 2018, 13 (3), p. 14

It was 4:00 on a Friday evening, about 24 hours since anyone had last seen Gwen. She had been given the opportunity to get help, but she chose instead to leave the hospital. No money. No cell phone. No car. No purse. Nothing. And no one had heard from her since.

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