Opioid Prescribing Resources

Prescribing opioids under the right conditions is critical for good patient care. The following resources include information to facilitate safe opioid prescribing where opioids are clinically indicated.


2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Pain
Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Quality Ontario has developed three quality standards that outline for clinicians and patients what high-quality care looks like when:  



Series of articles addressing aspects of opioid prescribing

Listing of Community-based Withdrawal/Crisis Resources

Continuing Professional Development: Medical Expert Role Resources

Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline infographic


Information about the Narcotics Monitoring System

NMS and your role as health care professional


CPSO Policies

Prescribing Drugs (see pp 9-12)

Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close their Practice Due to Relocation (see pp 3-4)

Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship


Continuing Professional Development & Mentoring

Safer Opioid Prescribing Series
The University of Toronto

Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain Online Course
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Project ECHO Ontario Pain
Project ECHO Ontario

Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain (MMAP)
Ontario College of Family Physicians