The opioid crisis continues to affect communities across the country. In Alberta, several initiatives are underway to raise awareness of the crisis, address the crisis and support the communities and individuals affected.
Primary care has been identified as the pivotal environment to support patients with or at risk of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) because of the trusted relationship between provider and patient. In March 2018, Alberta Health announced a $9.5 million grant (over three years) established for primary health care. The grant supports increased access to services and provide training for primary care providers to offer treatment, medication, and care to patients and families affected by the opioid crisis.
The Alberta College of Family Physicians, Alberta Medical Association (AMA), and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have formed strong, collaborative working relationships to advance the opioid grant work for primary health care. As Secretariat for the grant, the ACFP works alongside with key stakeholders to ensure the response includes engagement and guidance from primary care physicians and their teams, Primary Care Networks (PCNs), and patients.