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One in every five people in Canada suffers from chronic pain.
Chronic pain sufferers may find and do find relief with prescription medication. Often strong medications, such as opoids are prescribed, but many physicians are hesitant to prescribe them, or are unable to prescribe them and only specialists can prescribe them.
There is a polarization between pain and addiction. Doctors do not want to prescribe medication for pain, because of fears that patients will become addicted to the medication.
Chronic pain can develop as a result of injuries from a motor vehicle accident and can lead to the short term disability claims and long term disability claims.
Many people in Ontario who suffer from chronic pain are left floundering, struggling to find someone who will help them to manage their chronic pain. Pain specialists are in short supply in Ontario. Chronic pain sufferers are facing an uphill battle: there is a lack of understanding with respect to chronic pain among doctors and health professionals, and a growing stigma with respect to opoid medications, which the government has cracked down on- making treatment less available to those in need.
The Canadian Pain Coalition recognizes that strong medications such as Oxycodone and morphine need to be carefully monitored, but the opoids are an important part of pain management. Having a pain specialist or physician who can prescribe the medication and monitor its use is an important part to treating chronic pain, especially when physiotherapy and/or massage therapy is not an available option. When medication is difficult to get, chronic pain patients are out of luck.
Both the government of Ontario and the federal government have taken steps to oversee how painkillers such as Oxycontin, Oxycodone, morphine, methadone and codeine are dispersed in the wake of the rising number of accidental deaths. Ontario has introduced a tracking system to monitor these narcotics to identify patients who are getting multiple prescriptions, the doctors prescribing them and the pharmacists dispersing them.
Chronic pain affects not just the individual in pain, but his or her family.
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