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Addressing the opioid crisis in Manitoba

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The Canadian Deprescribing Network and the Government of Manitoba are collaborating on a province-wide educational intervention addressing long-term opioid use for chronic non-cancer pain.

The Canadian Deprescribing Network developed an educational brochure about the risks of opioid use and safer alternatives through many consultations and focus groups with older adults suffering from chronic pain.

The Manitoba Government then mailed the educational brochures to 5,700 community-dwelling adults across Manitoba, who had active opioid prescriptions for chronic non-cancer pain.

The effectiveness of this educational intervention will be determined by the reduction of opioid prescriptions.

Partners: Manitoba Government (Dept. of Health, Seniors and Active Living), Manitoba Monitored Drugs Review Committee, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

Results: available spring 2019.