*** Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the OPA has decided to cancel our Methadone, Buprenorphine and the Community program scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Windsor.
Methadone, Buprenorphine and the Community is a complimentary one-day live program on opioid addiction and its treatment using alternative opioid substitution therapies.
This program meets the training requirements pharmacy professionals dispensing methadone must have a minimum of every five years (post-mandatory training from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s [CAMH’s] Opioid Dependence [ODT] Treatment Program).
The program covers an overview of opioid use disorders and introduces opioid agonist treatment (e.g., methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone). It explores special situations such as pain management and benzodiazepines use while on opioid agonist treatment and clarifies the special role pharmacy professionals play in harm reduction strategies. The program also covers details and clarifications concerning the latest policies from the Ontario College of Pharmacists on dispensing methadone. You will learn how you can contribute to the broader goals of destigmatizing the use of MMT and engage with patients who use MMT, so they are more comfortable asking for guidance and counsel in pharmacy. The program includes a case study workshop, where participants will have a chance to put their knowledge to work in their specific practice settings.
How to Register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Program Date; 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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If you’re a pharmacist, you may be eligible for funding from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF). Click here for more information, and to apply.
The program runs from approximately 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A detailed program agenda and confirmation of the program venue will be emailed to attendees one week before the program date.
I. Live Sessions
II. Post-Program Requirements
Number of Continuing Education Units
This complimentary program is made available through funding from the Ministry of Health.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
Opioid Use Disorder and Agonist Therapy
Opioid Agonist Therapy: Special Topics
Policies Guiding Methadone Dispensing in Ontario
Strategies for Engaging the Patient at the Pharmacy
Destigmatizing Opioid Substitution Therapy
During this program, participants will:
Prerequisites and Target Audience
Successful completion of this program qualifies as an approved training course for pharmacists who dispense methadone as part of their training update. Updates are required every five years at minimum, as indicated in the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Opioid Policy.
Note: this program does not replace the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH’s) Opioid Dependence (ODT) Treatment Program) that Designated Managers and pharmacists are required to complete to dispense methadone, as outlined in the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Opioid Policy.
To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements within four weeks of the live-session date:
Subject Matter Experts
This program has been developed using contributions from the following subject matter experts:
Last updated: July 18, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to email@example.com no later than 4:30 p.m.10 business days prior to the program date. A $75 (+HST) cancellation fee will apply. Cancellation requests after that date will not be considered and fees will not be refunded.
Food service disclaimer: Most live programs provide refreshments and meals. OPA encourages participants who have health-related dietary needs or food allergies to include the relevant details on their registration forms. OPA works with the program venue to accommodate these dietary requests but cannot guarantee the venue will meet all of them. While every effort is made to notify the venue catering staff about participants’ food allergies, there is always a risk of contamination. The venue’s food supply manufacturers may change ingredient formulations without notice. Participants with food allergies must be aware of this risk. OPA assumes no liability for any adverse reactions to the food or items participants encounter while eating at program venues. OPA encourages participants concerned about their dietary needs to contact them for additional information.
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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.