Welcome to our META:PHI blog, which aims to provide insight into the evolving issues of substance use and treatment in Ontario.

META:PHI is excited to be able to shine a light into the important matters that practitioners across Ontario face when caring for patients in RAAM clinics and other settings.

We hope that in sharing this information among our healthcare community, we can provide more sustainable direction and support for our patients as they move along their path to recovery.

We will discuss these topics with a lens into the implications these issues may have on direct practice and patient care.

We also welcome any suggestions for topics or issues related to substance use and treatment.

Keeping safe during the holidays...

Dec 19, 2018

The holidays can be a joyful time full of family, friends, gift-giving and cheer. But for those who are struggling with substance use and other mental health issues, this time of year can be particularly…

Tagged holidays, implications for practice, relapse, safety, safety planning, substance use disorder, trauma, triggers

Cannabis and Youth

Nov 2, 2018

With the recent legalization of cannabis in Canada, the question of its impact on youth is very much uncertain. According to the 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, the rate of cannabis use…

Tagged cannabis, implications for practice, youth

Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada

Sep 28, 2018

Currently, Canada has among the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. It remains unclear how the upcoming legalization of cannabis will impact the current rates of use, but clinicians will likely…

Tagged cannabis, implications for practice, RAAM

Limited Use Status for Acamprosate and Naltrexone

Aug 30, 2018

As of June 29, 2018, acamprosate and naltrexone can be prescribed under Limited Use Status in Ontario. Prescribers will no longer be required to obtain approval through the Exceptional Access Program.…

Tagged alcohol use disorder, implications for practice, MOHLTC, pharmacotherapy

New Mandatory and Discretionary Reporting of Substance Use to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Aug 16, 2018

Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) issued new amendments to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) that include both mandatory and discretionary reporting guidelines for certain healthcare professionals.…

Tagged implications for practice, MTO, reporting