Opioid addictions and substitution therapy
Update your methadone training requirements a minimum of every five years with this approved program that is aligned with the Ontario College of Pharmacists guidelines for pharmacists dispensing methadone.
Pharmacists can play an important role when providing maintenance treatment to patients with an opioid addiction. This collection of modules will provide you with useful information and training on how to best manage and treat opioid addictions. It will focus on OAT by providing an overview on buprenorphine, methadone and naloxone, the three most common medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction.
It will provide pharmacists with the knowledge they need to confidently guide and counsel opioid users in pharmacy.
This year, a number of modules have been added to further your training on opioid addiction including:
- Practical know-hows on operationalizing OATs in community pharmacies
- Pandemic tips
- New options in OAT – long acting buprenorphine formulations
These online modules qualify as approved training for pharmacists who dispense methadone and can be used as part of your training update. As indicated in the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ (OCP) Opioid policy, updates are required, at minimum, every five years. To complete the update requirement, the module “Policies guiding methadone dispensing in Ontario” must be completed, along with four other modules.
Please also note that these modules do not satisfy initial training requirements and do not replace the CAMH Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Course, which Designated Managers and pharmacists are required to take in order to provide OAT services.
This complimentary program is made available through funding from the Ministry of Health.
- Identify risk factors for opioid use disorder and pain management options for patients in opioid agonist therapy
- Know and identify the policies that pharmacists should refer to when dispensing methadone in Ontario
- Identify the pharmacist’s role in harm reduction
- Apply knowledge and discuss the pharmacist’s role in dealing with opioid cases
Course at a glance:
Who should take this course:
Pharmacists who are interested in or currently dispensing methadone and want to meet the training update requirement set out by OCP.