Chronic Pain and Substance Use Task Force
With the end of the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative in March 2020, the ACFP applied to the Substance Use and Addiction Program (SUAP) with Health Canada for additional funding to support the Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Substance Use for an additional three years. With sustainable funding and an agreement that there still was much work that needed to be done in primary care and in the system to advance access to high quality care, the Opioid Response Task Force expanded their mandate and membership to continue working on improving the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic pain and substance use in primary care practices in Alberta. And so, the CPSU Task Force was formed.
Opioid Crisis Response Task Force (2016-2020)
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. The Opioid Crisis Response Task Force and staff worked closely with membership, stakeholders, and partners 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.