ALIGN was part of a working group with the Children’s Services Opioid strategy as it pertains to all caregivers (agency and provincial). This Tip Sheet that has been developed by a committee representing provincial Children Services , AFPA and ALIGN.
The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet


Seven Directions A Center for Indigenous Health University of Washington, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, has produced an Indigenous Evaluation Toolkit – An Actionable Guide for Organizations Serving American Indian / Alaska Native Communities through Opioid Prevention Programming. This Toolkit provides step-by-step guidance, worksheets and concrete examples to support communities looking to Indigenize and decolonize their program evaluation. View Indigenous Evaluation Toolkit

Alberta Substance Use Surveillance System tool
Instead of releasing PDFs on a quarterly basis that report opioid-related deaths and EMS responses, the online platform will share more data — searchable by drug, region, age and sex — for a broader substance-use perspective.

Government Release March 22, 2021 New Overdose Prevention App Coming to Alberta
Alberta’s government will be testing a new Digital Overdose Response System (DORS). The mobile app will help protect people using opioids and other substances while alone in their homes.

Protection of workers from synthetic opioid exposure : OHS information for employers

SAVE ME steps and naloxone instructions

Canada’s new Good Samaritan Law provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help.

Alberta opioid response surveillance report Sept 2020
This surveillance report presents emergency department, prescription, and mortality data associated with fentanyl, other opioids and other substances of misuse in Alberta. Produced quarterly, interim updates may also be released between quarters. Results are subject to change based on differences in reporting schedules and updates from the various data systems.

Alberta Health Services
Community Based Naloxone Program Opioid Poisoning Response: Curriculum Guide for Trainers

The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet October 24, 2017

How to Spot an Opioid Overdose

Report: “Opioids and Substances of Misuse: Alberta Q2 Interim Report 2017

Your Professional Duties Around Take Home Naloxone Kits

British Columbia Centre on Substance Use
Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder during Pregnancy
Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder for Youth

Canada Centre on Substance Use & Addiction
Best Practices across the Continuum of Care for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Care pathways
Naloxone Costing Tool
Decriminalization: Options and Evidence (Policy Brief)
Strategies for Address the Opioid Crisis in the United States and Canada: Cross-Border Knowledge Sharing
First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis

Canadian Mental Health Association
Carry It Toolkit

Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario
Reducing Harms: Recognizing and Responding to Opioid Overdoses in Your Organization

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment for Patients with Opioid Dependence: A Review of Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness

CAMH Course: CAMH Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (Alberta Version)
This course is the foundation of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program. The course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. In this online course physicians, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors/case managers learn skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.

Canadian Family Physician
Managing opioid use disorder in primary care

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
A Rapid Review of Opioid Substitution Therapy During Major Disruptions to Medical Care

Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse
Management of opioid use disorders: A national clinical practice guideline
Naloxone Access and Distribution in Canada

Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Checklist for naloxone training
Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) Core Course
Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain (training)
Submission to Health Canada: Consultation to inform proposed new regulations for supervised consumption sites and services

Centre for Effective Practice
Opioid Use Disorder Tool

Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Mothering and Opioids: Addressing Stigma – Acting Collaboratively
Trauma-Informed Practice & the Opioid Crisis

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders
Risks Of Occupational Exposure To Synthetic Opioids (E.G. Fentanyl) For First Responders

First Nations Health Authority
Opioid Agonist Therapy: Community Considerations

Government of Canada
Federal Action on Opioids – Overview

Health Canada
Health Canada reminds Canadians of the limitations of fentanyl test strips being used to check street drugs before consumption
Opioid Symposium: What We Heard Report
Changing How We Talk About Substance Use
Together, We Can Stop The Cycle Of Stigma

Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Leading Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities

Homelessness Learning Hub
online training
on harm reduction and substance use for service providers in the housing and homelessness sector! The training is entirely self-paced and 100% free.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada
Delivery of Opioid Agonist Treatment during a Pandemic
Methadone for Opioid Use Disorder: Your Questions Answered
Save a Life – Get a Naloxone Kit to Treat and Opioid Overdose

Mental Health Commission of Canada
Opioid Training for Healthcare Providers Course Catalogue

Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Bail Conditions to Address Opioid Overdoses

University of Victoria, Centre for Addictions Research of BC
A Public Health Guide to Developing a Community Overdose Response Plan


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