Seeking Feedback on the Draft Opioid Policy
This consultation is now closed.
The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is currently seeking feedback on a draft Opioid Policy. The College is inviting all pharmacy professionals, stakeholders, members of the public and others to comment. Following the consultation, the final draft Opioid Policy will be brought forward for approval by Council in December 2018.
The College recognizes that no single initiative will “fix” Ontario’s opioid-related issues and is committed to implementing a comprehensive opioid strategy that will align with federal and provincial opioid-related goals. To ensure that a sustainable and effective approach is taken to addressing opioid-related issues, the College has developed a multi-pronged Opioid Strategy to simultaneously address relevant areas of practice. One of the initiatives of this Strategy is the development of an Opioid Policy. This policy has been developed to outline OCP’s expectations for pharmacy professionals regarding opioids. An External Working Group comprised of representatives from key stakeholder groups, pharmacy professionals from various geographic areas and practice settings and persons with lived experience assisted in the development of this policy.
The development of the Opioid Policy was guided by the following principles:
- The policy should be in alignment with federal and provincial strategies,
- The policy should be in alignment with Health Quality Ontario Quality Standards,
- The policy should provide direction regarding the appropriate processes, policies and procedures that pharmacists should have in place, and the considerations that pharmacy professionals should incorporate into their workflow processes to ensure best patient outcomes,
- The policy is not intended to be clinical in nature, duplicate information contained in clinical practice guidelines, or direct specific details for the development of processes, policies and procedures,
- The policy will include further direction regarding the standard of practice and operation applicable to any opioid therapy, regardless of the indication, and highlight the requirements for Opioid Agonist Treatment and
- The policy will not duplicate information contained in other College guidelines or policies, or other resource documents (e.g. CAMH pharmacist’s guide to methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, clinical guidelines on opioid prescribing, health quality standards)
Questions to Guide Your Feedback
- The purpose of the Opioid Policy is to promote safe and appropriate opioid use through education and training, sharing of evidence-based best practice and outlining expectations. Does the document achieve this objective?
- Does the Opioid Policy align with the principles listed above?
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about the Opioid Strategy can be found here.