Funding for a new Opioid Stewardship Program in Saskatchewan
Jan. 10, 2019
Global Korean Post
The opioid crisis is a complex public health issue that requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach.
Health Canada is investing more than $2.3 million over four years to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), for the delivery of a new Opioid Stewardship Program that will engage health professionals, promote appropriate opioid prescribing practices and develop educational materials for practitioners.
The opioid crisis is affecting communities across Saskatchewan and the country.
This initiative is one of a range of activities that the Government of Saskatchewan is pursuing to address the issue in the province.
The government expect that it will help reduce the high number of hospitalizations due to opioid overdoses in Saskatchewan as cited by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The immense scope of this crisis, which has led to hospitalizations and deaths across Canada, highlights the need for engagement with health professionals.
This project aims to raise awareness and develop new approaches to chronic pain management, which may contribute to better patient outcomes and decreased opioid hospitalizations.
Funded under Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), the Opioid Stewardship Program, based in Regina, will produce results that can be applied across the province and country.
For this initiative, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will work with primary care providers, dentists, stakeholders and other partners.
For more information on the Government of Canada’s actions to address the opioid crisis, visit Canada.ca/Opioids.