Prescription Review Program

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Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

The practice recommendations in the Canadian Guideline will assist physicians to use opioids effectively and safely for chronic non-cancer pain. This clinical practice guideline will also help patients to be informed about the potential benefits and risks of opioids, and enable other healthcare providers to be aware of roles they can play to achieve desired patient outcomes.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain is a road map from deciding to initiate opioid therapy, conducting an opioid trial, monitoring long-term therapy, to managing opioid misuse and addiction in chronic non-cancer pain patients. 
Click here to access the CPSS endorsement of the Guideline.

Mobile App - Available for iPhone and Android Free
Poster: Navigating Opioids for Chronic Pain
Poster: 2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline

Use of Methadone for Chronic Pain

Methadone for Analgesia Practice Standards and Guidelines (CPSS)

Opioid Manager

Opioid Manager - English

Opioid Manager - French

Opioid Manager Mobile App – Apple iTunes App Store $9.99

Online Therapy USER

Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves reviewing educational material online with the support of a therapist or a guide. The approach is found to be effective and is a convenient way to receive care. OTU offers adults free Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression, anxiety, and/or pain

In particular, the Pain Course assists clients with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety and can be a useful tool in chronic pain management.

Other Resources

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (Bulletin)

Safer Decisions Save Lives:  Key Opioid Prescribing Messages for Community Practitioners

CCENDU & Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
(formerly the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse) 
Novel Synthetic Opioids in Counterfeit Phatmaceuticals and Other Illicit Street Drugs (June 2016)

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
Non-Drug Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

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