Ontario Aiming to Reduce the Abuse of Prescription Narcotics and Controlled Substances. Finally
A new narcotics monitoring system will track all prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications dispensed in Ontario.
The monitoring system will help ensure appropriate prescribing, dispensing and use of narcotics by issuing an alert to the pharmacy in real time when cases of double-doctoring (the same prescription being prescribed by more than one doctor) or multiple pharmacy visits are detected. The information collected also allows for the development of strategies to better protect patients and ensure the appropriate prescribing and use of narcotics.
Since November 2011, Ontarians have been required to show identification to their doctor, dentist, and in some cases their pharmacist, in order to receive a prescription narcotic or other controlled drug. Pharmacies are now electronically collecting and submitting this information through the narcotics monitoring system so the province can securely monitor the prescribing and dispensing of narcotics to Ontarians.
As part of the Narcotics Strategy, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has also been working closely with the Expert Working Group on Narcotic Addiction, health care partners and community leaders to ensure that Ontarians addicted to opioids such as OxyContin receive the care and support they need.
- The Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act, 2010 came into force on Nov.1, 2011.
- Since 2003, Ontario has increased funding for addiction programs by almost 50 per cent.
- The narcotics monitoring system is being used by 90 per cent of Ontario pharmacies, with the rest coming online in the coming days.
- All personal information collected by the Narcotics Monitoring System will remain confidential and secure.
- Ontario's Narcotics Monitoring System
- Read the latest update on the government's OxyContin Partnership Strategy.
- Read Open Minds, Healthy Minds Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
- Get information about drug and alcohol addictions services at ConnexOntario
- through its Drug and Alcohol Helpline (1-800-565-8603).
- For information on addiction and withdrawal, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health online.