Opioid Addictions and Substitution Therapy Online Modules

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Professional pharmacy services, Addictions


The Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Online Modules indicated below 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' "Opioid Policy". Please note, to complete the update requirement, the module "Policies guiding methadone dispensing in Ontario" must be completed, along with four other modules. 

Please also 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' "Opioid Policy". 

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Pricing and Registration”. 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.

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Continuing Education Units:

  • This program is not CCCEP accredited. CEUs will not be granted.

Course Availability:

  • You must complete the course before March 31, 2020; Access will be removed after this point.

Learning Format: 

  • Online, didactic learning modules (0.5-1 hour each)

Learner Assessment:

  • None

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

Program outline

This program consists of the following online modules below.

  • Application of methadone guidelines to seemingly complex clinical situations – Part 1
  • Basics of buprenorphine
  • Chronic pain management part 1 – opioid pharmacotherapy (NEW)
  • Chronic pain management part 2 – nonopioid pharmacotherapy (NEW)
  • Dealing with difficult situations using communication techniques
  • Delisting of high opioids: clinical impact and considerations
  • Frequently asked questions about opioid agonist maintenance treatment – part 1
  • Frequently asked questions about opioid agonist maintenance treatment – part 2 (NEW)
  • Harm-reduction in Canada
  • How to handle missed doses in Methadone Maintenance Treatment in community pharmacy
  • Introduction to methadone dispensing requirements in Ontario
  • Methadone and buprenorphine in patients with HIV
  • Methadone and buprenorphine in pregnancy and during lactation
  • Methadone maintenance: Focus on drug interactions and patient safety
  • Methadone maintenance therapy in First Nations
  • Methadone treatment patients with comorbid health problems
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Operationalizing Ontario’s Patch-for-Patch Fentanyl return program
  • Opioid substation therapy: adolescents and young adults
  • Pain management for patients receiving maintenance therapy for opioid addiction 
  • Policies guiding methadone dispensing in Ontario
  • Preventing methadone dispensing errors and handling difficult dispensing questions
  • Safety and security of opioids and controlled substances dispensing
  • Take-home Naloxone in community pharmacies – Part 2
  • Three faces of success: case studies for opioid agonist treatment (NEW)

To access the Take-Home Naloxone in Community Pharmacies Part 1 online module, please click here.

Program Completion

As this program is not CCCEP accredited, neither CEUs nor the letter of completions will not be provided upon completion of all online modules.


There are no pre-requisites for this program.

Last updated: April 1, 2019

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. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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

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