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Here are our key activities with stakeholders to combat Canada’s opioid crisis.

As a result of our participation in the national Opioid Conference and Summit, co-hosted by Health Canada and the Ministry of Health and Long term Care of Ontario, we are committed to providing the following resources by November 2017:

Developing a multi-pronged action plan to instill and promote safer opioid prescribing practices with our Fellows including:

  • The development of a statement of principles on safe opioids prescribing practics and,
  • Creating an online resource for Fellows, including reference materials related to pain management and safer opioid prescribing practices, in consultation with relevant Royal College committees and partner experts across Canada.
    *Availability and scope of resources materials will be updated quarterly

Our Timeline

May 2016- Join Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing (ongoing membership)
November 2016 – Attend Opioid Conference and Summit & Signatory to the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis

February 2017- Royal College Statement of Principles on Opioid Use approved by Royal College Board (website development March-June)
May 2017- Pan-Canadian Collaborative and Royal College support dissemination of The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain by Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre
July 2017- CEO Message release of Royal College Statement of Principles on Opioid Use and launch opioid resource page
May 2016- Join Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing (ongoing membership)
November 2016 – Attend Opioid Conference and Summit & Signatory to the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis

February 2017- Royal College Statement of Principles on Opioid Use approved by Royal College Board (website development March-June)
May 2017- Pan-Canadian Collaborative and Royal College support dissemination of The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain by Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre
July 2017- CEO Message release of Royal College Statement of Principles on Opioid Use and launch opioid resource page

We have participated in these events and partnerships:

Opioid Conference and Summit –Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioids Crisis

In November 2016, the Royal College participated in the Opioid conference and summit with 42 provincial and federal organizations, co-hosted by Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC). Following the 2-day meeting, the Royal College became a signatory to Joint Action Plan.

Pan Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing

  • The Royal College is a proud member of the Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing focused on action across multiple sectors and jurisdictions relevant to physicians, their patients, and their communities.
  • Formed to address the harms of prescription opioids, by offering multi-dimensional expertise in sustainable physician learning and practice, creation and aggregation of knowledge, and translation of evidence into practice.
  • Led by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the partnership consists of numerous national organizations:

Our Partners

CMPA
Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Center
Candian Medical Association
MD cme
Canadian Center on Substance use and Addiction
McMaster University
Memorial University
The College of Family Physicians of Canada

These resources will be regularly updated as new evidence and resource become available.

Our Resources