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Opioid Wisely

Opioid Wisely PIC

The opioid crisis is having devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities across Canada. It is a complex health and social issue, and there are no simple solutions.

In response, Choosing Wisely Canada has launched Opioid Wisely, a campaign that encourages thoughtful conversation between clinicians and patients to reduce harms associated with opioid prescribing.

Central to the campaign is a set of 14 specialty-specific recommendations for when the use of opioids should not be first line therapy. These recommendations cover eleven different clinical specialties. More recommendations, covering other specialties, will be released over the coming months.

Choosing Wisely Opioids Recommendations

The Opioid Wisely campaign also includes information resources to help patients have informed conversations with their clinicians about safe options for managing pain.

Patient Resources

Opioids for pain after surgery

Opioids: When You Need Them – 
and When You Don’t

Pain After Surgery When you need them
Poster for Patient Waiting Rooms

Manage pain