Opioid Resources

The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction.

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Your First Visit to the Clinic

This 5-minute video provides an overview of what people can expect on Day #1 in an Opioid Support clinic.



The aim of this book is to help people better understand how opioids work and why buprenorphine can be an effective treatment for opioid dependence.



The aim of this book is to help families better understand and support a loved-one with opioid use disorder (the medically correct term of "opioid addiction").


Making The Choice, Making It Work (read)
This comprehensive (and free) online booklet published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health answers many of the common questions people have about opioid agonist therapy (OAT) with methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone).

The Preventable Epidemic: How Harm Reduction Helps to Prevent Overdoses (read)
"We’re starting to see people looking at drug use as a health issue as opposed to a criminal justice issue."

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever (read)
New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year. Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users
The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction. But just how long does it take to switch from being a short-term user—say, while you’re dealing with pain after a surgery—to a long-term, potentially problematic user? A few weeks? A month?

16x9 - Dying By Prescription: Oxycontin controversy (watch)
This 23-minute report from the Canadian news channel "16x9" documents the controversy surrounding Oxycontin in Canada.

The best opioid addiction treatment is more opioids (watch)
This short video does a nice job explaining the rationale behind Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid issues.

Best Advice for People Taking Opioid Medication (watch)
An 11 minute Video on taking Opioids more safely (Dr. Cavacuiti was a contributor to this video!).

How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever (watch)
Painkillers now kill more Americans than any illegal drug. Here's why.

Patients Helping Patients Understand Opioid Substitution Treatment (read)
This handbook sets out to answer some of the common questions that people have when they need help in dealing with opioids.

Methadone Saves Lives (read)
A website hosted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). It has a lot of really good information on how Methadone and Suboxone work and debunks a lot of the myths out there about these medications.

Addiction 101 (course)
An online tutorial you might find this tutorial useful if you:

  • work in non-clinical roles in the substance use and mental health fields

  • encounter people with substance use or mental health problems, in any work setting

  • have friends or family with substance use or mental health problems

  • have a substance use issue yourself

Methadone Maintenance Treatment Client Handbook (read)
From the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Client Handbook is a very good place to start if you are looking for impartial and evidence-based information on Methadone.



Naloxone Training (watch)
This video takes you through a peer-based training for overdose prevention and Naloxone. It is put on by The Works in Toronto.

Cottonland (watch)
In this feature-length documentary, photographer Nance Ackerman describes the havoc prescription painkiller OxyContin wreaked in the already weakened Cape Breton town of Glace Bay.

Recovering Beyond Trauma (read)
A guide for Fostering Awareness, Feeling Grounded, and Finding Resources

Personal Stories (read)
Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields.

Do You Know ... Prescription Opioids (series)
Part of the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Series "Do you know" series. Pamphlets in the Do You Know… series present straightforward, easy-to-understand information about a variety of substances of abuse and their effects. The full list of substances covered in this series can be found here.

Addiction Daily News (follow)
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse offers a daily electronic news service for the addictions field, containing a collection of news stories, media releases and related reports. Addiction News Daily is produced Monday to Friday.

Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis (read)
This document was produced by the National Advisory Council on Prescription Drug Misuse in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse. It offers a detailed National Strategy to address the misuse of and addiction to prescription drugs.

Effectiveness of Opioids for Chronic Pain (watch)
This video from PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing) reviews that data showing that the use of opioids for chronic pain increased dramatically over the past two decades, despite low-quality evidence supporting practice change.

Opioids for Chronic Pain: Addiction is NOT Rare (watch)
This video from PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing) documents how prescribers and the public have been misinformed about the risk of addiction when chronic pain is treated with opioids. This has led to overprescribing of opioids and the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.

How to support clients with Opioid use disorder (watch)
Presented by S.S Addiction Consulting and Dr Chris Cavacuiti medical director of True North medical clinic Toronto.

Time Bomb (watch)
Produced by the Fifth Estate for CBC Television. Time Bomb discusses the OxyContin epidemic and how the pill has cost many Canadians a lifetime of addiction.

Effective opioid treatment intervention (watch)
This short interview with Dr William Morrone discusses the need for effective opioid treatment interventions including more availability of Opioid Overdose Prevention (aka "Naloxone") Kits to assist Opioid Overdose Situations and better guidelines in assisting patients and physicians in stopping opioids.