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May 2015

As part of the Government of Canada's comprehensive approach to address prescription drug abuse, the following six projects will receive federal funding to improve prescribing practices for prescription drugs that have a high risk of abuse or addiction.

These projects are national in scope and support the development of evidence-based practices for appropriate prescribing of the most commonly abused classes of prescription drugs: opioids, stimulants, sedatives and tranquillizers.

The $3.6 million over three years in funding is supporting the development of new, evidence-based guidelines, training and tools for physicians and other regulated healthcare professionals, such as nurse practitioners and pharmacists, who have the authority to prescribe or dispense drugs. These resources will improve education to healthcare professionals to help them prevent and address the abuse of prescription drugs. The new guidelines will also better prepare prescribers of pain and other medications, to do so in a safe, effective and appropriate manner.

Prescription Drug Abuse Projects Funded under the Anti-Drug Strategy Initiative
ProjectTotal funding
McMaster University 
The project is updating the existing Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Non-Cancer Pain and developing e-tools for prescribers.
The University of Waterloo
This project, targeting physicians, pharmacists and students in medicine and pharmacy, is developing and implementing a collaborative, web-based education program focused on adherence to opioid guidelines.
Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
This project is developing skills and knowledge competencies and creating electronic teaching resources for nurse practitioners with prescribing rights.
Institut national de santé publique
This projectis developing a regional-specific training approach for opioid prescribers in Quebec.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network
This project is building on an existing Opioid Self-Assessment Program for prescribers, as well as developing an online version to measure physician adherence to guidelines using indicators on education, decision support and the systematic collection and use of prescribing information.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada
This project is improving upon existing clinical software to assist physicians and other health professionals with decision-making tasks around opioid prescribing practices.

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