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Opioids Clinical Primer

This program provides an overview of key concepts and skills for clinicians facing common challenges in the management of patients with chronic pain, including reducing the risks of opioids and addressing opioid use disorder.

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Are you ready to make a difference in the opioid crisis or maybe you're willing but don't know how to get started? With the help of this free, certified online program from Machealth, you will uncover common issues that arise when prescribing opioids; learn to reduce and manage the harms of opioids including overdose and dependence and recognize and treat opioid use disorder. Start learning at


It's a sad truth, but in 2017 approximately 3,987 Canadians lost their lives in suspected opioid overdoses. It may seem like a daunting task, but something can be done to manage the opioid overdose crisis in Canada. Ontario health professionals play an important role in keeping their patients safe, they just need to know how.

Machealth has launched a free, certified online program to educate health professionals in Ontario about safe opioid risk reduction; address opioid use disorder by reducing harms including overdose and dependence by recognizing and treating opioid use disorder. You can learn how at


Course 3 is now live!


The latest course in the Opioids Clinical Primer Program on Machealth has launched. Safer Opioid Prescribing Strategies assists clinicians in managing some of the dilemmas associated with using opioids in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain.

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If you want to learn how you can make a difference in the opioids crisis, take a look at the latest course on Machealth. Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices helps health professionals in Ontario to:

  • understand their role in minimizing opioid-related harms through patient education and safe prescribing and dispensing practices
  • learn how to assess patients on opioids for adverse effects, and when and how to taper and switch opioids
  • select patients who are likely to benefit from opioids and are at a lower risk of harm.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to reach out.

Anthony J. Levinson, MD, FRCPC, MSc
Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation
John Evans Chair in Educational Research
Associate Professor,
McMaster University

Mike Ayers
Marketing Specialist
Division of eLearning Innovation
McMaster University