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Is your practice ready to support Katie?
Katie was an opioid user who couldn't get the medical help she needed, even when she went looking for it.
She found it was easier to get high than get help and it took getting arrested for Katie to get the support she needed to start her journey to sobriety.

  • If someone like Katie arrived at your practice today, seeking help from opioid dependency, are you ready to provide it?
  • Do you and your team feel confident in supporting a patient like Katie?
  • Could you and your team identify who, amongst your existing panel, is at risk of opioid use disorder (OUD)?

Now is the time to actively identify and seek out patients like Katie who need help.
Resources are available to you and your team to provide the support and care patients like Katie need.

Support for Primary Care

The Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) is a grant funded partnership between the ACFP, Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) enabling primary care's response to the opioid crisis in Alberta.
ODT Virtual Health Learning

  • monthly sessions available (choose the most relevant for you)
  • livestream available for sessions (registration not required)
  • slides available in advance
  • contact
  • sessions will be recorded and available via YouTube

Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program

Pre-recorded ODT Training:

OUD – Telephone Consultation

  • for physicians and teams seeking advice prescribing of opioid agonist therapy (OAT) such as buprenorphine/ naloxone and methadone
  • From 8am-5pm daily
  • NORTH of Red Deer – call 1-800-282-9911 or 1-780-735-0811
  • SOUTH of Red Deer - call 1-800-661-1700 or 403-944-4488

eReferral Advice

  • Addiction, Medicine & Mental Health – Opioid Agonist Therapy
  • Non urgent, physician to physician advice (response within 5 days)

Patients Collaborating with Teams (PaCT)

  • Proactive approach that enables patients with complex needs to manage their care
  • Builds on existing panel and screening work underway

Collaborative Mentorship Network (CMN)

  • Provides an environment to establish long term, trusted professional relationships
  • Mentors and mentees will meet informally by phone or email or online forum, and formally through small group, geographic based meetings, provincial conferences and online meetings coordinated by the CMN.
  • Now recruiting mentors and mentees
  • / 780-701-9718

Local Supports for Zone PCNs
PHC ORI funded opioid response supports and activities are underway in each Zone PCN. Contact your Zone PCNs to find out what is available locally:

  • North Zone PCN: Sandra Herritt
  • Edmonton Zone PCN: Dena Pedersen
  • Central Zone PCN: Andrea Thain Liptak
  • Calgary Zone PCN: Bahigi Fyith
  • South Zone PCN: Dr. Janine Karpakis