Update on BC College’s Stimulant Prescribing Standards

CADDRA – Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance welcomes the revised draft Standard released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC). In the previous 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 – removes stimulants from the previous document altogether and the proposed Standard applies only to prescribing of opioids and sedatives.
CADDRA advocacy committee members along with the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) have actively campaigned against the previous document since its launch in 2016. “We are pleased the College has responded to the reasoned arguments we were making on behalf of CADDRA’s members. This was the best possible outcome we could hope for”, said Dr. Don Duncan, Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic, and co-chair of the CADDRA Advocacy Committee.
The new draft document (focusing exclusively on opiates and sedatives) can be found at: https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/Safe-Prescribing-of-Opioids-and-Sedatives-DRAFT.pdf

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