Safe Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder

Consultation 025

This consultation closed on Jan. 11, 2023.

About the standard

On Oct. 5, 2022, the Alberta Government updated the Mental Health Services Protection Regulation, impacting the treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) involving high-potency opioid narcotics. Individuals with severe OUD or addiction who have not been able to initiate or stabilize on conventional Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) must be treated through Alberta Health’s (NTS). As a result of this change, CPSA updated our Safe Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder standard of practice.

What’s changed?

  • Clarified the requirements related to Continuity of Care standard of practice and Transfer of Care standards of practice;
  • Added requirements to address situations where patients may not have a community prescriber; and
  • Updated language to clarify legislated requirements under Mental Health Services Protection Regulation.

Your opinion matters

Changes to CPSA’s Standards of Practice impact your day-to-day practice. Your feedback is important to us, as it helps us develop clear, reasonable expectations and helpful, applicable resources. We appreciate the time you took and the input you provided.

CPSA members, partner organizations, other health care professionals and Albertans were invited to provide feedback from Dec. 12, 2022 to Jan. 11, 2023.

Anonymized feedback will be considered by Council at their February meeting. Once amendments are finalized and approved by Council, members will be notified via direct email and The Messenger newsletter.

We respect your privacy

All feedback is subject to CPSA’s Privacy Statement. CPSA reviews all comments before publication to ensure there is no offensive language, personal attacks or unsubstantiated allegations.

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