Resources for Opioids/Addiction and Pain

These resources were compiled by Dr. Peter Butt on Opioid, Addiction and Chronic Pain:  

  1. This AFMC e-primer was developed for UGME but has good basic content and a number of case vignettes and studies that may be useful at the PG level.


  1. MetaPhi (attached) and the CAMH tool kit are good Family Medicine practice tools.

  1. Both BC and Alberta have archived their Opioid Agonist Therapy training on-line and expanded the content to cover addiction more broadly.

BC Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program (POATSP)

  1. This is the online course recommended by the CPSS for buprenorphine/naloxone prescribing.  This plus a full day of Addiction Medicine exposure is all that is required for prescribing.


  1. The CFPC has an open access site for alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral.  It has not integrated anti-craving medication however, which would greatly increase the efficacy of Family Medicine care and support.  That is covered in Meta Phi

  1. The Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, American Society of Addiction Medicine and US National Institute on Drug Abuse are all good resources.
  1. For recovery support and to engage people in the efficacy and beauty of this work look at