Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program

A new training program for community pharmacy on Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) is now available. This accredited course is the first of its kind in Canada in that it focuses solely on the needs of community pharmacists and technicians in delivering care to patients with opioid use disorder.

Based on the most up-to-date research, the course focuses on opioid use disorder, the different types of pharmacological treatments, College and federal requirements that pharmacists should know as well as PharmaCare requirements for dispensing and providing OAT. 

This course also takes a patient-centred approach, discussing lived experiences of patients and effective communication for pharmacists that can reduce stigma and increase patient engagement.

This course will be required for all registrants (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians) who are employed in a pharmacy dispensing OAT according to the College's updated Professional Practice Policy-66: Opioid Agonist Treatment (effective on January 1, 2019). The College’s deadline to complete this training program will be March 31, 2021. For more details, please see the College Board Highlights.

With support from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program, and working closely with the First Nations Health Authority, the BCPhA has developed a robust OAT training program consistent with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) guidelines, the updated professional practice policies of the College, and the requirements of the Ministry of Health.

For pharmacists, the course includes an online self-study component that must be completed before attending an in-person workshop. Pharmacy technicians only need to complete the online component.

Program Background

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of community pharmacists with regard to dispensing opioid agonist treatment (OAT).  
  • Apply the provincial guidelines for the clinical management of opioid use disorder (OUD) when dispensing OAT.
  • Reflect and address self-biases that lead to stigma and discrimination of patients with OUD.
  • Adhere to the regulatory requirements when dispensing OAT.
  • Comply with PharmaCare requirements when submitting claims for OAT.

CCCEP Accreditation

Program Name: BCPhA Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy
Course author: 
BC Pharmacy Association

This program is CCCEP accredited for 12.0 CEUs.

CCCEP Number: 1092-2018-2572-B-P, expires December 5, 2019.

Please note: this is accredited as a blended program consisting of an online component and a live component. One combined statement of completion for the online modules and the live workshop will be provided at the end of the workshop.

Registration Information for Pharmacists

The online component is a prerequisite for the in-person workshop. By registering in the live workshops below, you will gain access to the online component.

Once your registration for this course is complete, you will receive an email to confirm the course availability.

Member price: $300 plus GST
Non-member price: $550 plus GST

Changes or cancellations made within 10 days of the workshop and no shows will incur a $75 fee.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019 Executive Plaza Hotel 405 North Rd
Coquitlam BC
Register
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Fairfield Inn & Suites 5300 Anderson Way
Vernon BC
Register
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway
Vancouver BC
Full
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe 100 Harbour Rd
Victoria BC
Full
Saturday, April 6, 2019 Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier 138 Victory Ship Way
North Vancouver BC
Register

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Civic Hotel 13475 Central Ave
Surrey BC
Register
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Coast Bastion Hotel 11 Bastion St
Nanaimo BC
Register
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Pacific Inn and Suites 1820 Rogers Place
Kamloops BC
Register
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Sandman Signature Hotel 2990 Recplace Dr
Prince George BC
Register
Sunday, May 12, 2019 Hyatt Regency 655 Burrard St
Vancouver BC
Register
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water St
Kelowna BC
Register

More dates and locations will be added, including the following cities: Castlegar, Cranbrook, North Vancouver, Penticton and Vernon. Other tentative locations include Dawson Creek, Powell River, Quesnel, Sechelt, Smithers, Squamish, Terrace and Williams Lake. Please stay tuned as we continue to update the list of locations and dates!

The BC Pharmacy Association is looking at hosting more workshops across B.C. If you would like to see a training session in your community, please register your location preferences here.

Previous Sessions

Saturday, January 19, 2019 Delta Hotels by Marriott
Vancouver Downtown Suites
550 W Hastings St
Vancouver BC
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Civic Hotel 13475 Central Ave
Surrey BC
Saturday, February 2, 2019 Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe 100 Harbour Rd
Victoria BC
Sunday, February 3, 2019 Vancouver Island Conference Centre 101 Gordon St
Nanaimo BC
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Delta Burnaby Conference Centre 4331 Dominion St
Burnaby BC
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Coast Langley City Hotel 20393 Fraser Hwy
Langley BC
Saturday, March 2, 2019 Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway
Vancouver BC
Saturday, March 2, 2019 Coast Chilliwack Hotel 45920 First Ave
Chilliwack BC
Sunday, March 3, 2019 Coast Discovery Inn 975 Shoppers Row
Campbell River BC
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water St
Kelowna BC
Thursday, March 14, 2019 Civic Hotel 13475 Central Ave
Surrey BC
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Penticton Lakeside Resort
Conference Centre
21 Lakeshore Drive W
Penticton BC

Registration for Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians will only be required to complete the online component of the training.

Program Name: BCPhA Opioid Agonist Treatment Compliance and Management Program for Pharmacy (Online)
Course author:
 BC Pharmacy Association

This program is CCCEP accredited for 6.0 CEUs.

CCCEP Number: 1092-2018-2623-I-P, expires December 5, 2019.

Pricing for pharmacy technicians: $150 plus GST 

If you already have a BCPhA pharmacy technician account, please click here to register for the pharmacy technician course.

If you do not have a BCPhA pharmacy technician account, please click here to create an account. After your account is approved, you will receive information with your account information and how to purchase the course.