About the Methadone Program
To prescribe methadone for analgesia or for the treatment of opioid dependence, physicians must be exempted under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The College administers the provincial methadone program on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The mandate of the College’s program to improve the quality and accessibility of methadone maintenance treatment in Ontario is achieved in cooperation with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).
The profile of methadone treatment in Ontario has been enhanced through outreach activities and the recruitment of physicians to prescribe methadone in the treatment of opioid dependence.
The Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Fact Sheet provides answers to commonly asked questions about the methadone program for the treatment of opioid dependence.
View: MMT Program Fact Sheet.
MMT Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines
The College’s guidelines were developed for use by doctors providing methadone maintenance treatment in Ontario. Each province regulates methadone treatment and guidelines may vary between provinces. These guidelines replace the College’s November 2005, October 2001 and August 1996 Methadone Maintenance Guidelines, and Health Canada’s “The use of opioids in the treatment of opioid dependence,” published in 1992.
Available here:MMT Standards and Clinical Guidelines, approved February 2011
Contact the College: 416-967-2600 ext 661
Email: Contact the College
Join the Patient Advisory Group
We are seeking individuals to participate in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Patient Advisory Group (PAG) for Methadone. In order to ensure that we have appropriate geographical coverage, this invitation is being extended to all patients, but in particular we would like to see representation from Northern Ontario.
Please note: If the group is at full capacity, patients will be added to the waiting list to join the group at a future date.