Primary care physicians caring for patients with opioid dependency will soon have access to expert consultation with an opioid dependency physician specialist over the phone.
Beginning Aug. 8, 2017, Physicians north or Red Deer can access the service by calling RAAPID North at 1-800-282-9911 or 1-780-735-0400. Physicians in and south of Red Deer can call RAAPID South at 1-800-661-1700 or 403-944-4488.
This telephone consult service is for primary care physicians seeking timely advice regarding prescribing drugs like buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) or methadone, as well as treating patients with existing opioid dependency.
Opioid dependence is a growing clinical and public health problem throughout Canada, including our province. This new service for physicians will allow more patients with opioid dependence to be treated in primary care settings.
For more information, visit www.ahs.ca/opioidadvice
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