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Advanced Issues in Opioid Dependence Treatment

This course is held under the auspices of the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario.



This interactive workshop provides physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors with the knowledge and skills to manage special issues related to people receiving opioid agonist treatment.  The course is a part of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program.

The Advanced Issues in opioid dependence treatment course covers a range of topics addressing the complexity of opioid dependence treatment.  The workshop is offered once per year, and each year the topics covered in the workshop are based on needs assessment survey conducted prior to the workshop.

Learning objectives:

  • List interventions to prevent pregnancy in women who are treated with methadone or buprenorphine
  • Identify the indications to treat pregnant women with opioid agonist treatment
  • Describe best-practice & protocol of methadone initiation for pregnant women who are opioid dependent, including induction and maintenance
  • Determine methadone dose adjustments often necessary during pregnancy and during the post-partum period
  • Indicate what care is needed for methadone-exposed infant
  • Describe the current practice for treating pregnant women who are opioid dependent with buprenorphine
  • Decide which medication - methadone or buprenorphine is the most appropriate for each patient
  • Identify factors indicating that there is a need to switch from methadone to buprenorphine or from buprenorphine to methadone
  • Use of naloxone in the management of opioid overdose


Target Audience

Pharmacists, physicians, counsellors/case managers and nurses

Delivery Method

Classroom workshop - Case studies exploration and discussion


Participants must have completed the Opioid Dependence Treatment Core course, or have an experience of at least one year providing methadone maintenance treatment.


The continuing education event indicated has been designated as a U of T Accredited event and awarded with the following credits:

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada - __Section 1 credits;

The College of Family Physicians of Canada- __Certified Group Learning credits



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


For the overall course description, learning objectives, delivery method, target audience and information about the ODT certificate please visit the Main Page for the ODT Certificate below:



University of Toronto


November 26, 2016 (Saturday, following the Methadone prescribers' conference)

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell St, Room 2029
Toronto, Ontario

Fee: $225

Please click on the link below to register:


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