National Opioid Guideline

Managing patient pain is fundamental to many medical practices and a significant number of physicians use opioids as one of the tools to help manage their patients’ pain. It is an important tool; evidence shows that, with appropriate prescribing and monitoring, opioids are an appropriate drug therapy for some patients.

In 2007, the CPSO teamed up with other medical regulators to develop the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, a national, evidence-based guideline to help primary-care physicians and specialists safely and effectively use opioids to treat patients with chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP).

The guideline is not intended to be used as a policy or standard of practice, but as a practical resource to provide Canadian physicians with the best available information, research and consensus of opinion on this topic.