Addictions and Opioid Agonist Therapy Education

Update your methadone training requirements a minimum of every five years with this approved program that is aligned with the Ontario College of Pharmacists guidelines for pharmacists dispensing methadone.




Pharmacists can play an important role when providing maintenance treatment to patients with an opioid addiction. This collection of modules will provide you with useful information and training on how to best manage and treat opioid addictions. It will focus on OAT by providing an overview on buprenorphine, methadone and naloxone, the three most common medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction. 

It will provide pharmacists with the knowledge they need to confidently guide and counsel opioid users in pharmacy. 

Per OCP’s Opioid Policy, training must be updated at a minimum of every 5 years. This course satisfies the requirements for training updates. For more information, please see Key Requirements for Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT). 

These modules do not satisfy initial training requirements for pharmacists to dispense methadone and do not replace the CAMH Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Course, which Designated Managers and pharmacists are required to take in order to provide OAT services. 

This course is supported by funding from the Mental Health and Addiction Centre of Excellence of Ontario Health. 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify risk factors for opioid use disorder and pain management options for patients in opioid agonist therapy
  • Know and identify the policies that pharmacists should refer to when dispensing methadone in Ontario
  • Identify the pharmacist’s role in harm reduction
  • Apply knowledge and discuss the pharmacist’s role in dealing with opioid cases

Course outline:

Mandatory Module:
  • Policies Guiding Methadone Dispensing in Ontario 
Optional Modules:
  • Chronic Pain Management Part 1 – Opioid Pharmacotherapy
  • Chronic Pain Management Part 2 – Nonopioid Pharmacotherapy
  • Guidance for Safer Opioid Dispensing for Pharmacists
  • Hepatitis C An Opportunity We Cannot Afford to Miss 
  • Introduction to Methadone Dispensing Requirements in Ontario 
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • National Consensus Guidelines on Naloxone 
  • New Options in OAT
  • Operationalizing Ontario’s Patch-for-Patch Fentanyl Return Program
  • Opioid Agonist Therapy in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Pain Management for Patients Receiving OAT
  • Providing Inclusive Care for LGBTQ+ Patients
  • Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of Indigenous Peoples
  • Take-home Naloxone Program in Community Pharmacies
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • We are People First
  • Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: A 2023 Update
  • Opioid Use Disorder – a Focus on Fentanyl
  • Navigating Patient Cases in OAT

Course at a glance:

Who should take this course:

Pharmacists who are interested in or currently dispensing methadone and want to meet the training update requirement set out by OCP. 

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