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Medications and Drugs of Abuse Interactions in ODT Clients Online Course

Description/Learning Objectives

This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to anticipate and respond to the common interactions between psychiatric medications and drugs of abuse. The course consists of five self-directed online modules, which are open for five weeks.  

The course is  an elective for the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • define drug interaction theory
  • describe the similarities between symptoms of mental health problems and substance use
  • list common interactions between antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and other drugs
  • list common interactions between antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers and other drugs
  • anticipate, prevent and handle common interactions


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Target Audience

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors/case managers.

Delivery Method




Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $100.00.



Participants who are not pursing the Certificate have the option of taking elective courses independently.

The certificate program consists of  the Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (ODT) and two or three elective courses (listed below):


Participants interested in obtaining a Certificate in Opioid Dependence Treatment must complete the ODT Core Course plus three or four elective courses to meet the certificate requirement of a total of 39 or more hours.

All professionals are encouraged to complete the entire certificate program, to improve their skills and knowledge in treating opioid dependence. As of January 1, 2009, physicians are required to complete the certificate program within three years of receiving their methadone exemption.

Participants who are not pursing the Certificate have the option of taking elective courses independently.



​University of Toronto

Course start date

April 2 - May 18, 2018

Please click on the link below to register:


Robyn Steidman
Education Assistant
Tel. 416-535-8501 x36640





















































































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