Is your practice ready to battle the opioid crisis?

Primary care alone is not responsible for solving the opioid crisis, it will require a multi-pronged attack plan before we see success. Primary care does play a significant role in identifying and supporting patients with opioid dependency. Addiction is a problem that needs to be managed before it can be effectively treated, and family practice is where management starts.

The continuity provided at family practice is essential for a smooth transition into treatment by integrated supports.

Have you and your team:

  • Assessed your capacity and confidence in prescribing OATs like buprenorphine/ naloxone or methadone?
  • Accessed training and mentorship to increase capacity and build confidence?
  • Reviewed your panels to identify patients at risk of OUD?
  • Actively prescribed and administered OATs?
  • Connected with local ODT clinics to support stable patients without a family physician?

Resources are available to you and your team to so you can join the battle today.

(Video courtesy of City of Leduc)

Support for Primary Care

The Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) is a grant funded partnership between the ACFP,
Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) enabling
primary care’s response to the opioid crisis in Alberta.

ODT (Opioid Dependency Therapy) Virtual Health Learning

  • monthly sessions available (choose the most relevant to you)
  • ischeduler account required to register (2 minutes to create)
  • slides available in advance
  • contact concurrent.disorders@ahs.ca
  • sessions will be recorded and available via YouTube

ODT Virtual Training Program

Pre-recorded ODT Training

  • AHS Concurrent Disorders Learning Series YouTube Channel
  • Includes 9 webinars from the Feb/March ODT Learning Sessions
  • CME credits may be available

OUD – Telephone Consultation

  • for physicians and teams seeking advice prescribing opioid agonist therapy (OAT) such as buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone
  • From 8-5 p.m. daily
    • NORTH of Red Deer – call 1-800-282-9911 or 1-780-735-0811
    • SOUTH of Red Deer – call 1-800-661-1700 or 403-944-4488
  • Click here for more information

Collaborative Mentorship Network (CMN)

  • Provides an environment to establish long term, trusted professional relationships
  • Mentors and mentees will meet informally by phone or email or online forum, and formally through small group, geographic based meetings, provincial conferences, and online meetings coordinated by the CMN.
  • Now recruiting mentors and mentees
  • mentorship@acfp.ca/780-701-9718

eReferral Advice

  • Addiction, Medicine, and Mental Health – Opioid Agonist Therapy
  • Non-urgent, physician to physician advice (response within 5 days)
  • Click here for more information

CAMH – Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Opioid Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline

  • The objective of this guideline is to provide clinical recommendations for the initiation, maintenance and discontinuation of buprenorphine/naloxone
    maintenance treatment in the ambulatory treatment of adults and adolescents with opioid dependence in Ontario.
  • The guideline intends to contribute to education of practitioners regarding opioid prescribing, improved patient access to treatment for opioid dependence, and safe prescribing and dispensing of buprenorphine/naloxone.
  • This evidence-based clinical practice guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary committee, and included specialists in the field of addiction medicine, family medicine and pharmacy.

Patients Collaborating with Teams (PaCT)

  • Proactive approach that enables patients with complex needs to manage their care
  • Builds on existing panel and screening work underway
  • Click here for more information

Local Supports for Zone PCNs

PHC ORI funded opioid response supports and activities are underway in each Zone PCN. Contact your Zone PCNs to find out what is available locally:

Is your practice ready to support Katie?

Katie was an opioid user who couldn’t get the medical help she needed, even when she went looking for it. She found it was easier to get high than get help and it took getting arrested for Katie to get the support she needed to start her journey to sobriety.

  • If someone like Katie arrived at your practice today, seeking help from opioid dependency, are you ready to provide it?
  • Do you and your team feel confident in supporting a patient like Katie?
  • Could you and your team identify who, amongst your existing panel, is at risk of opioid use disorder (OUD)?

Now is the time to actively identify and seek out patients like Katie who need help.
Resources are available to you and your team to provide the support and care patients like Katie need.

(Video courtesy of City of Leduc)