Opioid Wisely

The opioid crisis is having devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities across Canada. It is a complex health and social issue, and there are no simple solutions.

In response, Choosing Wisely Canada has launched Opioid Wisely, a campaign that encourages thoughtful conversation between clinicians and patients to reduce harms associated with opioid prescribing.

The Opioid Wisely campaign launched on March 1, 2018 with the support of over 30 participating organizations representing doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, other health professionals, as well as patients and their families. Central to the campaign is a set of 14 specialty-specific recommendations for when the use of opioids should not be first line therapy. These recommendations cover eleven different clinical specialties. More recommendations, covering other specialties, will be released over the coming months.

The Opioid Wisely campaign also includes information resources to help patients have informed conversations with their clinicians about safe options for managing pain.

The Opioid Wisely campaign was initiated at the encouragement of the Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing.

Participating Organizations:

Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry | Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine* | Canadian Anesthesiologists Society | Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses | Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians | Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists* | Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists | Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation* | Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres | Canadian Chiropractic Association | Canadian Deprescribing Network | Canadian Headache Society* | Canadian IBD Network of Research and Growth in Quality Improvement* | Canadian Medical Association | Canadian Nurses Association | Canadian Pain Society | Canadian Pharmacists Association* | Canadian Physiotherapy Association | Canadian Psychiatric Association | Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists | Canadian Society of Internal Medicine* | Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada* | Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians | Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists | Canadian Spine Society* | College of Family Physicians of Canada* | Families for Addiction Recovery | Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada | Occupational Medicine Specialists of Canada* | Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing

*One of the 11 organizations that have released opioid-related recommendations, as of March 1, 2018.

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