British Columbia Advocacy Campaign
We need you to become involved in BC Education and Medication Advocacy Campaigns
What Can You Do To Help?
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To bring awareness to these issues we need you to do one of the following things:
- Meet with your MLA or write a letter to your MLA
- Write a letter to: Dr. Heidi Oetter Registrar, College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia, 300 669 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B4 (regarding the prescribing guidelines)
- Meet with or write a letter to your School Trustee to educate them on the issues
- Write a letter to the editor of your local or regional paper
The Current Situation in ADHD Stimulant Medication Treatment in BC
A revised draft of the Safe Prescribing Guidelines was released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) on April the 26th 2018. In the previous Guidelines or “Standard”, the College required annual urine drug screens or pill counts for all adults on stimulant medication. They also prohibited the prescription of sedatives or opiates in any adult being treated with a stimulant.
The new proposed Standard – Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives – has removed stimulants from the previous document altogether and the proposed Standard applies only to prescribing of opioids and sedatives.
CADDAC, along with the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) advocacy committee members, actively campaigned against the previous document since its launch in 2016. Both organizations are very pleased that the College has responded to these efforts and removed stimulant medication from these guidelines.
CADDAC would like to thank those of you who responded to our call to action and contacted the College and your MLAs about this issue.
Access CADDRA response HERE
Access the new draft document (focusing exclusively on opiates and sedatives) HERE
The Current Situation in BC Education
When CADDAC meets with government officials to advocate for needed changes to improve the lives of families with ADHD CADDAC is told that change will only happen through the interest of our elected officials.
On December the 4th 2017 CADDAC met with Minister Fleming and his staff to discuss ADHD in BC schools, our recent policy paper, the highly anticipated new BC Special Education guidelines, placing ADHD in a standalone category.
Here is a summary of what the Minister and his staff shared with CADDAC.
The guidelines in special education have been delayed due the change in government and a full review going forward in K to 12 funding. CADDAC was assured by the Minister that they intend to move forward with ADHD as a standalone category which would allow students with ADHD to receive IEPs. During the process of reviewing funding they will be reaching out to stakeholder groups after they complete their financial consultation. They will be informing CADDAC on a timeline for submissions. Deputy Minister Laura Sampson will be staying in touch to up-date CADDAC on these issues.
If you are interested in ensuring that changes to the special education guidelines move forward, you need to let your MLA and School Trustee know.