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Opioid Response in Primary Care

Equip Yourself – Respond to the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis exists in every community across Alberta. Family Physicians play a pivotal role in supporting patients using opioids. Join the movement to improve access and service delivery for Albertans. 

The Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative was a cross stakeholder effort to improve the primary health care response. The collaborative partnerships created many tools and resources for the primary health care community.

PEER Simplified Guideline: Managing Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care

This guideline provides recommendations for identifying and treating patients with opioid use disorder in primary care.

Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction

The Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction connects family physicians with colleagues who have experience and expertise treating pain and addiction.

Tools and Resources

Find the latest clinical practice guidelines, decision-making tools, and evidence-based knowledge translation resources for treating patients using opioids and/or at risk of opioid use disorder.

Education and Training

Ready to build or enhance your capacity? There are a number of available training and education opportunities. Sign-up today.

Contacts and Supports

Looking for guidance? New to opioid agonist therapy? Support is available.

Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative

Tackling the opioid crisis in Alberta requires new approaches and response from the entire health system to change its trajectory. The ACFP, AMA, AHS, and Zone PCNs, together with Alberta Health, were aligned to lead this essential work through the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative.

Think OAT is too Difficult to Manage in Your Practice?

Courtesy of Calgary Zone PCN Committee

Read About Our Journey Through This Multi-partner Initiative

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.