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Opioid Crisis Response Task Force

In December 2016, in response to the crisis, ACFP Board of Directors struck a Task Force of dedicated family physicians working directly with patients in various practice settings. Our Task Force and staff have been working closely with membership, stakeholders and partners and to gather information on barriers, variance in care pathways, system changes required, continuing professional development needed, and the need for new initiatives that would better equip our members and colleagues to care for their patients and change the trajectory of the opioid crisis.

The Opioid Crisis Response (OCR) Task Force is comprised of a variety of family physicians working in high risk communities, chronic pain management, palliative care, comprehensive family practice and emergency rooms. It is the vision of the Task Force to advocate and develop strategies for minor adjustments in provision of services to drastic systemic changes that will support better and more comprehensive care for their patients and, ultimately, reverse the trajectory of the opioid crisis.

ACFP OCR Task Force: Recommendations Document

This comprehensive reference book offers recommendations on eight system areas that can influence better care for patients with chronic pain, on opioid treatment, with opioid dependency, with opioid use disorder, or those with imminent risk of morbidity or mortality. It is the hope of the ACFP that this booklet will act as a catalyst for open discussion, positive change, and investment into solving some of the systemic issues that have contributed to the opioid crisis and other chronic disease management challenges.

Task Force Members

Ms. Terri Potter (Chair), Executive Director, ACFP/PHC Opioid Response Initiative Secretariat, Edmonton
Dr. Helen Bouman, Calgary
Dr. Simon Colgan, Calgary
Dr. Ted Findlay, Calgary
Dr. Christine Kennedy, Fort McMurray
Dr. Tina Korownyk, Edmonton
Dr. Jazmin Marlinga, Calgary
Dr. Yasmin Majeed, Calgary
Dr. Tally Mogus, Edmonton
Dr. Jovita Ojadi, Red Deer
Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw, Pincher Creek
Dr. Monica Wickland-Weller, Edmonton