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Primary Care

  • The Alcohol Curriculum Project from CAMH and McMaster
    There is wide consensus among medical educators that many students are poorly prepared to manage substance use issues once they are in practice. This new Alcohol Curriculum Project ( — a collaborative effort between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and educators at McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine — is now providing a free, non-industry biased, set of curriculum to help prepare students and new physicians to identify and manage challenging alcohol-related issues.
  • The Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Opioid Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline PDF provides clinical recommendations for the initiation, maintenance and discontinuation of buprenorphine/ naloxone maintenance treatment in patients with opioid dependence in Ontario. The guideline will help educate practitioners in opioid prescribing, improve access to treatment for opioid dependence and lead to the safer prescribing and dispensing of buprenorphine/ naloxone. This clinical practice guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary committee that included specialists in addiction medicine, family medicine and pharmacy. A systematic review of the literature formed the evidence base for this guideline, and recommendations were assigned levels of evidence and grades of recommendations based on those developed by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.
  • Prescription opioid advice
    Prescription opioid misuse has become a major public health problem. The resources below provide information on the use of opioids for the treatment of pain as well as ways to prevent, assess, and manage those who have become addicted.