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Education session: Opioid use in pain management: balancing legitimate use with the potential for addiction

(Mon. Aug 24, 1:30pm – 3 pm)

This session examines issues related to the challenges of pain management, particularly with the use of opioids. It aims to increase awareness of pain management options, explore guidelines and tools to better manage opioid therapy and provide input on areas for physician advocacy.


Dr Mary Lynch, professor of anesthesia, psychiatry and pharmacology at Dalhousie University, director of research at the Pain Management Unit, QEII Health Sciences Centre

Dr Alika Lafontaine, Indigenous Health Advisory Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Video – Simultaneous interpretation available at General Council )

Douglas Grant, Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Dr David Milne, President, Doctors Nova Scotia

Learning objectives

In this session delegates will:

  • identify and consider issues related to pain management in general and opioid prescribing in particular
  • distinguish which populations are at particular risk, and recognize potential bias in clinical care
  • identify issues and propose solutions for prescription monitoring and education initiatives to address this complex challenge
  • recommend areas for physician advocacy to assist physicians in patients’ pain management


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 14.5 credits.

This program has been reviewed and approved by the University of Ottawa, Office of Continuing Professional Development.

This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Nova Scotia Chapter for up to 15 Mainpro-M1 credits.