Methadone Program

About the Methadone Program

To prescribe methadone 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 Frequently Asked Questions about the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program provides answers to commonly asked questions about the methadone program for the treatment of opioid dependence.

MMT Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines

The CPSO's MMT Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines, approved February 2011, 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.


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