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 meet the Ontario College of Pharmacists required training update. Updates are required every five years at the minimum, as indicated in the Ontario College of Pharmacists' Opioid Policy. Note: to complete the update requirement, the module Policies Guiding Methadone Dispensing in Ontario must be completed, along with four other modules. 

These modules do not satisfy the initial training requirements and do not replace the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Opioid Dependence Treatment course that designated managers and pharmacists are required to complete 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 menu will provide 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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Number of 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; after which access will be removed.

Learning Format
Online, didactic learning modules (0.5-1 hr each)

Learner Assessment

This complimentary program is made available through funding from the Ministry of Health.

Program Outline

This program consists of the following online modules:

  • 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 a letter of completion will be provided upon completion of all online modules.


This program has no prerequisites.

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: Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to education@opatoday.com no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. An administration and processing fee may apply. 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

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
Opioid Addictions and Substitution Therapy Online Modules 2019   $0.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
Opioid Addictions and Substitution Therapy Online Modules 2019   $0.00 Add to Cart 
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