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 free modules have been added to further your training on opioid addiction including:
- Opioid use disorder – Aberrant drug behaviours, poly substance use and psychiatric comorbidities
- Pharmacology of OAT
- Providing inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients
- Take-home naloxone program in community pharmacies
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.
- 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.