Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management and Opioid Resources

Through the leadership of the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM) and in collaboration with our Chapters and key partners, we have established a chronic non-cancer pain management and opioid resources webpage that lists CPD programs and other relevant resources for Family Practitioners.

What's New

Updated Family Medicine Recommendations
Thirteen Things Physicians and Patients Should Question
(View Opioid specific recommendations)

CFPC’s Decision on CPD for Prescribing Opioids – Survey Results
CFPC ePanel 4 2015 - Mandatory CPD for Prescribing Opioids

CFPC’s new decision on CPD and prescription drug abuse (Video)


Developed by the Center for Effective Practice and with the clinical leadership of CFPC member, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan, the Opioid Tapering Template is a new resource to support primary care providers with reducing opioid dosages safely and effectively. It recognizes that opioid tapering is a complex process that requires individualized tapering plans and prioritizing patient safety and self-efficacy. Throughout the tool, providers will find helpful talking points, fillable forms and links to relevant resources to further guide their approach.

The CFPC’s Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain Program Committees have complied a list of related resources to assist family physicians in their daily clinical practices.

The Centre for Effective Practice updates the Opioid Manager tool to reflect the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, developed by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, will assist health care providers in making practice decisions about the safe and effective use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management.

New Tools on Stigma Related to Opioid and Drug Use 

These include:

  • a video titled “Together, we can stop the cycle of stigma”  to raise awareness about the effects that stigma has on the quality of life of people who use drugs, people in recovery and their families
  • a web page that talks about stigma
  • and tips about how we can better talk about substance use 

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