The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) staff and Board have been consulting with the ACFP Opioid Response Task Force (Family Physicians from around the province in different practice types) since December 2016 to inform the primary health care opioid response. Since then, Alberta Health has engaged with ACFP and our partners to determine how to support a collaborative response to the crisis through the engagement of primary health care system in Alberta.
Tackling the opioid crisis in Alberta will require new approaches and an immediate response of the entire health system to change its trajectory. The engagement and response of primary care physicians, their teams and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Zones in Alberta will be essential in defining new primary health care approaches to address the crisis and the systemic issues that contribute to the crisis.
The ACFP, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS), AHS Zones and all PCNs, together with Alberta Health (AH), are aligned to lead this essential work to focus on the primary care response. The ACFP is the secretariat for the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) and is responsible for the management of a $9.5 million grant offered through the leadership and recommendation of the Ministers Opioid Emergency Response Commission (MOERC).