Opioid Use Disorder: Screening, Diagnosis, and Management

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Privia Randhawa
Seonaid Nolan

Opioid Use Disorder


Over the past decade, the opioid crisis in Canada has been worsening. In 2019, over 3,800 people across Canada died due to an apparent opioid-related cause, which represents a 26% increase from just 3 years prior. Given North America’s ongoing opioid crisis, and the contribution opioid-prescribing practices have had to date, a critical need exists to ensure that health care providers are not only educated about safe opioid prescribing but also are knowledgeable about how to effectively screen for, diagnose, and treat an individual with opioid use disorder.

Au cours des dix dernières années, la crise des opioïdes au Canada n’a cessé de s’aggraver. En 2019, plus de 3 800 personnes au Canada sont décédées d’une cause apparemment liée à la consommation d’opioïdes, ce qui représente une augmentation de 26 % par rapport à seulement trois ans auparavant. Étant donné la crise des opioïdes qui sévit actuellement en Amérique du Nord et la contribution des pratiques de prescription d’opioïdes qui ont eu cours jusqu’ici, un besoin critique est à combler pour veiller à ce que les fournisseurs de soins soient non seulement formés sur la prescription sécuritaire des opioïdes, mais aussi bien informés sur le dépistage, le diagnostic et le traitement efficace d’un trouble lié à la consommation d’opioïdes.

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