Other useful links

Chronic pain

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

In a memorandum to federal departments and agencies, the President announced two important steps: proper training in opioid prescribing for health care professionals and improving access to treatment. State, local and private sector actions include opioid prescriber training and awareness messaging on opioid abuse for health care professionals.

Programme Alerte – Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) [Alert program – Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ)]

The Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) created the Programme Alerte [Alert program] to counter prescription drug abuse by preventing people from obtaining medications from multiple prescribing physicians and pharmacists or using forged or altered prescriptions. The program helps patients and health professionals by encouraging appropriate medication use.

To obtain a “Formulaire pour une ordonnance fausse ou falsifiée” [Prescription forgery report form; available in French only] or a “Formulaire d’enquête” [Inquiry form; available in French only], click here to go to the “Pharmaciens” section (secure access for OPQ members only). If you are a physician, you can ask your patient’s pharmacist for the form.

Toolkit for addiction and concomitant mental health problems (available in French only)

Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ)

The kit includes an intervention guide and six clinical fact sheets on substance use disorders and anxiety problems, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, symptoms of depression, difficult personality disorder (antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder) and attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity. Click on the link opposite to order the kit online.

Opioid use disorders

Interagir autour des addictions, un minisite internet pour faire le point [Addiction: working together, a mini website to take stock; available in French only]

Fédération Addiction, France

This site provides a lot of useful information and also presents case studies based on 12 exemplary clinical situations

Training and Mentoring – Provider’s Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment

This site provides extensive information on the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Dr. Mark Ware talks about chronic pain management

Video interview with Dr. Mark Ware, chronic pain specialist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Duration: 2 minutes 30 seconds.

Health Canada: Opioid Pain Medications

This page on Health Canada’s website gives general information about prescription opioid medications compared with other types of pain medications. It describes the side effects, the potential for abuse and addiction, safety concerns and how to minimize the risks.

My Opioid Manager

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network

Developed for users undergoing chronic pain treatment, this practical book contains information about the different types of pain and opioid medications, questionnaires, tables and diagrams.