A Surrey man says he’s falling through the cracks of the province’s medical system because of the opioid crisis.
“All I want is my medication so I can live my life, that’s all I want.”
Fifty-four-year-old Dan Beckett has been prescribed fentanyl patches for the last 14 years for his permanent back problems after a sawmill accident in 1998.
When his family physician moved away, he tried a new doctor, who eventually lowered his dosage but then stopped prescribing the patches altogether in December.
“It got to a point where I was missing a lot of time from work and my back was really sore. He actually accused me of having the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons contact him. It was not me, I guess they are contacting anybody who writes a [fentanyl] prescription.”
Beckett tried another doctor last month but they only gave him a one-time prescription.
Then he tried a fourth doctor and struck out, even with a note from his original family doctor stating Beckett had tried other opioids and has never abused prescription drugs.
“For somebody that wants to go to work, and pay for their own medication even, right now I have nothing.”
The province’s top doctor Perry Kendall says physicians are likely responding to the updated College of Physicians and Surgeons prescribing standards for chronic pain management.
The body changed its standards last summer by asking doctors to clamp down on prescribing certain opioids to address the province’s overdose epidemic.
So far no comment from the College of Physicians.