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Newsletter #40 – February 2024

In this edition: Thoughts from a semi-retired addiction doctor; mobile crisis intervention program; shocking stats on OAT initiation after ED visits; one journey of addiction and recovery.

New year, new resources: Slow-release oral morphine recommendations, OAT decision aid tool, and ED toolkit for alcohol-related presentations

Happy new year!

META:PHI is very excited to announce the release of several new resources:

All of these documents can be downloaded from our Resource Library.

New resources: A new framework for methadone carries

We have recently produced a set of documents outlining a new framework for making decisions about take-home doses of methadone:

All of these documents can be downloaded from our Resource Library.

Information for people on methadone and health care providers about new generic methadone products

Two new generic methadone products have been added to the Ontario provincial formulary. As of September 29th, only the equivalent cost of generic methadone will be reimbursed by the province. META:PHI undertook a consultation process to produce information sheets on this change for people on methadone and for health care providers.

Many thanks to the individuals who contributed to these documents:

Jennifer Brasch, Lisa Bromley, Chris Cavacuiti, Katie Dunham, Laura Jones,  Robyn Kalda, Suzanne Latreille, Andrew McLeod, Charlotte Munro, Rebecca Penn, Lori Regenstreif, Cassandra Schuck, Elizabeth Shouldice, Ashley Smoke, Lorilee Steadman, Jasen Szabo, Maria Zhang

Take-home Naloxone Program in EDs and Hospitals

These materials are intended for EDs and hospitals who want to set up their own take-home naloxone programs, in collaboration with the Ontario Naloxone Program and local public health units.

Steps for building a take-home naloxone program in the ED

ED Primer for take-home naloxone

Pamphlet – 5 Steps to Save a Life

Take-Home Naloxone Bulletin

The Ontario Naloxone Program (ONP) and META:PHI have prepared a bulletin on the importance of making take-home naloxone available through emergency departments and urgent care centres.

Looking for META:PHI community consultants

In order to improve the quality and credibility of our materials, META:PHI would like to assemble a pool of community consultants to work with us on our knowledge products. We’re hoping to gradually build a diverse group of people with lived and living expertise of substance use to work with us at different stages of material planning and creating in order to ensure that our knowledge products are inclusive, respectful, and informed by the knowledge of these crucial stakeholders. To that end, we’ve worked with some advisors to create a community consultant information sheet and application form; please share with anyone who might be interested in working with us.

Many thanks to Rachel Alexander, Sean LeBlanc, and an anonymous advisor for creating these documents with us!

Please contact Sarah Clarke with any questions.