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Opioid Dependence Treatment: Essential Knowledge for Pharmacy Technicians

Opioid dependence is a complex condition, requiring comprehensive treatment. Pharmacy technicians play an essential role on the interprofessional health care team providing services to clients who are dependent on opioids. Knowledge about opioid dependence and best practices for treatment are critical for serving clients in the best way possible.
This course provides key information on the complexity of opioid dependence, the interprofessional collaboration required, the regulations and policies in Ontario that govern how health care providers are to provide treatment for opioid dependence, and recommendations for effective communication with pharmacists.
Learning Objectives
  • Explain the pharmacology of opioids and how they affect the brain.
  • Explain the difference between abstinence-based treatment, withdrawal management, and methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment.
  • Comply with methadone and buprenorphine dispensing policies.
  • Indicate the role that counselling and case management play in methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment. 
  • Discuss the importance of interprofessional collaboration when providing opioid dependence treatment with methadone and buprenorphine.

Target Audience

Pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants 

Delivery Method

This is a self-paced, online course. The course is comprised of 5 modules, and learners have one month to complete the course.




There are no prerequisites for this course.


The program has been approved for the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) accreditation.

Number of credits: 14.0

Accreditation expiry date: April 16, 2017



Course Start Date

January 23 - March 6, 2017


Robyn Steidman
Education Assistant
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