Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder Project

The Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder (OUOUD) e-resource provides statistical, practical, multi-perspective and holistic views of opioid use and opioid use disorder in Canada. The free resource has eight modules that cover 65 topics and was developed for students and faculty in social work, pharmacy and registered nursing programs who wish to learn independently about this topic.

The OUOUD e-resource was created by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the Association of Pharmacy of Canada, and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) with funding from Health Canada.

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With funding support from Health Canada, CASN, AFPC and CASWE-ACFTS are working together to ensure that nursing, pharmacy, and social work graduates enter the workforce well equipped with relevant, evidence-informed knowledge to address issues related to opioid use and opioid use disorder.

To achieve this goal, the newly published national, consensus-based interprofessional guidelines will serve to promote and guide curricular change in Canadian schools/faculties of nursing, pharmacy, and social work in this important area. The learning outcomes identified in this document provide targets for graduates of these entry-level baccalaureate programs related to opioid use and opioid use disorder across the prevention, health promotion, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery continuums at primary, secondary, and tertiary care levels.

The interprofessional education guidelines is the first of three key deliverables for this project and will be supplemented with:

  • interprofessional, consensus-based protocols to facilitate the integration of the education guidelines among the member schools of the three health care professions collaborating on this project;
  • a free, open-access e-resource, encompassing teaching and learning tools, that will provide greater and more in-depth content to address the learning outcomes contained in the guidelines.

***CASN, AFPC, and CASWE-ACFTS acknowledge that although these interprofessional education guidelines are focused on opioid use and opioid use disorder, these are complex issues, and may be experienced along with other types of substance use, substance use disorder, trauma, stigma, and mental illness. 

For more information, please contact Carole Carpot , Executive Director, CASWE-ACFTS at ed-dg@caswe-acfts.ca.

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