Webinar: Pain and opioid use-what you need to know

Everyone has experienced physical pain, whether it’s short term, or more chronic and enduring. Opioids are commonly prescribed pharmacological intervention used to treat physical pain, and Canada is now the second highest consumer of opioids in the world. While opioids may address physical and/or indirectly psychological pain for some people, they can also be dangerous (even when taken as prescribed), and can lead to problematic opioid use, overuse, dependence, overdose, or death. This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence on pain and its association with problematic opioid use. It will also provide practical strategies and tools for nurses and other health care professionals to screen for pain and/or opioid use, and encourage appropriate use of opioids, or alternative pain management options.

Watch the webinar recording and download the presentation slides.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Explain how pain and opioid use are linked
  • Discuss a rational approach to assessing pain and risk of problematic opioid use
  • Explain how  opioids can be appropriately used  to treat pain
  • Describe alternative pain management options including combination pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions

Webinar Presenters: 

  • Dr. Andrew Smith, Physician, Addiction Medicine Service, Medical Lead, Interprofessional Pain and Addiction Recovery Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Funding for this educational opportunity is provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This webinar series is co-hosted by the Opioid Resource Hub (PSSP/EENet) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.