Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Online Modules

Tags: Online Learning

The Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Online Modules are acceptable for meeting the Ontario College of Pharmacists required training update. Updates are required at minimum every five years as indicated in the Ontario College of Pharmacists' "Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Dispensing Policy". To complete the update requirement, the module "Policies guiding methadone dispensing in Ontario" must be completed, along with four other modules. 

Please note that these modules do not satisfy initial training requirements and do not replace the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Opioid Dependence Treatment course, which Designated Managers and pharmacists are required to complete in order to dispense methadone as outlined in the Ontario College of Pharmacists' "Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Dispensing Policy". 

This complimentary program is made available through funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


Enlightening and educational (Faiza Hemraj, Pharmacist – Patient Contact Centre, Shopper Drug Mart, Mississauga)

This online course spotlighted the people who need methadone and buprenorphine treatment, how important it is to save their lives, and how critical it is handling this type of treatment. (Manaf Mahdi)

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "pricing and registration" link; a drop-down will open with pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on “add to cart” to start the registration process.

*Not a member? Association members receive significant discounts on OPA professional development. Find out about becoming a member here.

There are no pre-requisites for this program.

Program outline

Online learning modules*

  1. A methadone dispensing pharmacy - NEW
  2. Addiction management principles: Optimizing methadone treatment in special populations 
  3. Application of methadone guidelines to seemingly complex clinical situations 
  4. Basics of buprenorphine - NEW
  5. Choosing the right treatment 
  6. Dealing with difficult situations using communication techniques 
  7. Initiating a methadone program in your pharmacy 
  8. Methadone and buprenorphine in patients with HIV 
  9. Methadone and buprenorphine in pregnancy and during lactation 
  10. Methadone in chronic pain management 
  11. Methadone maintenance: Focus on drug interactions and patient safety 
  12. Methadone maintenance therapy in First Nations 
  13. Methadone maintenance treatment in patients with concurrent psychiatric illnesses, Multiple substance use, and aberrant behaviours 
  14. Methadone treatment patients with comorbid health problems 
  15. Motivational interviewing 
  16. Opioid substitution therapy adolescents and young adults 
  17. Pain management for patients receiving maintenance therapy for opioid addiction 
  18. Policies guiding methadone dispensing in Ontario 
  19. Preventing methadone dispensing errors - NEW
  20. Seamless care transition with MMT and buprenorphine 
  21. Take-home naloxone and harm reduction - NEW
  22. The pharmacological management of opioid dependence

*Please note: Access to the online modules is provided until March 31, 2017.

To access the Take-Home Naloxone in Community Pharmacies online module, please click here.

Continuing education units
This program is for educational purposes only. No continuing education units (CEUs) or record of completion is provided.

Last updated: March 15, 2016.

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at education@opatoday.com.

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to education@opatoday.com no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you.

Protecting your privacy: Your privacy is important to us. Some information you provide to OPA in program registration forms and exercises may be considered personal information. The Association collects, uses, and shares the information contained in program registration forms and exercises for the sole purposes of processing your registration, issuing certificates/letters of completion, awarding continuing education credits, and delivering OPA services, programs, and publications to you.

Learners’ code of conduct: By registering for an OPA education program, you agree to follow OPA’s Learners’ Code of Conduct. For further details click here

Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
2016 Online Methadone   $0.00 Add to Cart (Regular $0.00)
Non-Member Rate
2016 Online Methadone   $0.00 Add to Cart (Regular $0.00)
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