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Addiction Medicine Program Committee

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CAMH is pleased to offer free enrollment in a brief online tutorial, A Framework for the Management of Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care, which presents guidance for primary care clinicians providing care to people experiencing problematic use of opioids, including opioid use disorder. Register by July 30, 2019.

For more information, please contact the Opioid De-Implementation Initiative.

2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain—Summary of Recommendations

Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management and Opioid Resources: a collection of CPFC resources

Upcoming events

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Related addiction medicine links

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine

AFMC Primer on Biopsychosocial Approach to Addiction: an Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and Palix Foundation program that includes e-learning tools on early brain and biological development and addictions for undergraduate medical education

Safe prescribing practices for addictive medications and management of substance use disorders in primary care: A pocket reference for primary care providers (November 15, 2017): by Dr. Meldon Kahan, Women’s College Hospital, a reference for family physicians on effectively screening, treating, and providing long-term management to their patients with substance use disorders

Safer Opioid Prescribing: University of Toronto multimodal program for chronic pain and opioids; includes a webinar series and in-person skill development workshop

About the Committee

The Addiction Medicine Program Committee represents the interests of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC’s) members providing addiction medicine care, whether as part of their family practice, special interest, or focused practice.

Questions or comments? Contact the Addiction Medicine Committee

Addiction medicine mission statement

Substance use disorders are a major cause of morbidity, mortality and health care utilization in Canada. Family physicians play a critical role in reducing the harms caused by substance use, through screening and identification, counseling, pharmacotherapy, and treatment of complications.

The mission of the Addiction Medicine Program is to advocate for sound public health policies, to promote training and education of family medicine residents and physicians in the management of substance use disorders, and to facilitate networking within the profession to achieve these goals.

Chair

Dr. Sharon Cirone, Chair, Ontario

Members

Dr. Yelena Chorny, Ontario

Dr. Sam Hickcox, Nova Scotia

Dr. Melissa Holowaty, Ontario

Dr. Meldon Kahan, Ontario

Dr. Erin Knight, Manitoba

Dr. Lisa Lefebvre, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Representative

Dr. David Luckow, Quebec

Dr. Tally Mogus, Alberta

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) staff

Dr. Victor Ng, Associate Director, Programs and Practice Support

Supported by the Programs and Practice Support Department

Resources

This page contains relevant materials, web resources, papers, and clinical practice guidelines for physicians who have a special interest in addiction medicine.

Disclaimer:  Most of the materials on this page are from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.

Addiction Medicine Program Committee Terms of Reference

2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline

Mentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care–Hospital Integration (META:PHI): a collaborative project to create new care pathways for addiction

Safe prescribing practices for addictive medications and management of substance use disorders in primary care: A pocket reference for primary care providers (November 15, 2017): by Dr. Meldon Kahan, Women’s College Hospital, a reference for family physicians on effectively screening, treating, and providing long-term management to their patients with substance use disorders

Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management and Opioid Resources: a collection of CPFC resources

Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral (SBIR): Helping patients reduce alcohol-related risks

Best Advice Guide: Communities of Practice in the Patient's Medical Home

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and McMaster Addictions Curriculum Project: educational initiative to promote curriculum innovation and resources related to the spectrum of alcohol use disorders

CAMH Primary Care Addiction Toolkit

The Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)

The Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain Network (MMAP): an Ontario College of Family Physicians program. MMAP connects family physician mentees to mentor physicians with expertise in chronic pain and addictions who provide advice and support in the areas of diagnosis, psychotherapy and pharmacology to help members navigate the complexity and growing public health concerns in managing chronic pain. Mentees receive timely advice from mentors on an informal basis through email, telephone, a robust online discussion forum and in person meetings. Formal continuing professional development events such as small group meetings and regional and annual conferences take place regularly to augment the case-specific mentoring discussions. All family physicians in Ontario are eligible to participate in this Mainpro+® certified program.

Atlantic Mentorship Network for Pain and Addiction: a mentor-mentee network to assist practitioners in the management of persons with pain and addiction and offers education, clinical support, and CME credit

British Columbia Centre on Substance Use

Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program

Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs

British Columbia Centre on Substance Use Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

Addiction Medicine Enhanced Skills Program, University of Calgary

Addiction Medicine Enhanced Skills Program, University of Toronto

Atlantic Pain Network / Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Collaborative Care Network (NSCPCCN): an education/mentoring network of pain professionals in the Atlantic Region of Canada

Portico: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s network for meeting and connecting with health care providers, clients, families and others who are interested in mental health and addiction

Cannabis Resources

Cannabis One Pager for Caregivers 

Cannabis One Pager for Clinicians 

Cannabis One Pager for Teachers 

Cannabis Poster for Students

Non-Medical Cannabis

Centre for Effective Practice

Preventing and reducing cannabis use-related harms and risks are top-of-mind when it comes to the legalization of cannabis. Through screening, assessment and discussion with patients, primary care providers play an important role in harm reduction.

The Non-Medical Cannabis Resource is designed to equip primary care providers with evidence-based, balanced information to discuss cannabis use, its associated risks and benefits with their patients, and to screen for cannabis use disorder and related problems.

Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies

Resources

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