Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 3 2017 - Page 13

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL College Releases Update on Progress of Opioid Strategy T This is an overview of the discussions and decisions made at the September Council meeting. he College has released an interim update con- taining actions taken in support of our opi- oid strategy. The College’s opioid strategy is grounded in our steadfast commitment to improved patient and public safety. It identifies and commits the CPSO to specific ac- tions within our legislated area of responsibility, and we are commit- ted to reporting on our progress. Below is more detailed informa- tion about our activities:  pdated CPSO Prescribing • U Policy: The College has updated the Prescribing Drugs policy to reflect the release of the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. Other updates made to the policy include: considering alterna- tives to opioid therapy; selecting appropriate doses; monitoring patients for signs of addiction; and tapering. A full review of the policy will begin later this year. •  Opioid Information for Patients and Physicians: Our new opioid web portal provides online access to a wide array of information for physicians and patients. It includes a Message to Patients Living with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, and an FAQ for patients, as well as Fact Sheets about each ele- ment of our four-pronged opioid strategy. •  Opioid Position Statement: The CPSO’s Opioid Position State- ment outlines the role of the College and key elements of our opioid strategy, namely to guide, ISSUE 3, 2017 DIALOGUE 13