Ontario is helping patients in Kingston manage chronic pain and avoid the use of prescription pain killers by supporting Hotel Dieu Hospital’s newly expanded chronic pain clinic.
Ontario is implementing its first comprehensive Opioid strategy to prevent opioid addiction and overdose by enhancing data collection, modernizing prescribing and dispensing practices, and connecting patients with high quality addiction treatment services.
As part of this plan, the government is investing in Ontario's Chronic Pain Network to create or enhance 17 chronic pain clinics across the province. Hotel Dieu Hospital’s enhanced chronic pain clinic is helping patients in Kingston through multi-disciplinary care teams ensuring that patients receive timely and appropriate care to help them manage chronic pain.
Ontario's strategy to prevent addiction and overdose also includes:
Ontario’s opioid strategy was informed by the recommendations of the Methadone Treatment and Services Advisory Committee, which was established by the province to advise on strengthening Ontario’s methadone treatment and related services. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Dr. Williams have written to all health care providers in Ontario outlining the strategy and enlisting their support to help prevent and reduce opioid addiction and overdose. The government will continue to seek input on the strategy and identify additional areas for consideration.
Modernizing pain management practices and preventing opioid addiction and overdose is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. The action plan provides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy, and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“Opioid misuse is the third leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. Our comprehensive approach to this crisis will not only help save lives, but will enhance the lives of families and whole communities. Given the urgency of this issue, taking action now will have a real impact on opioid addiction and overdose.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Having lived with chronic pain myself for a number of years, I understand the struggle and importance of finding an individualized pain treatment plan. Hotel Dieu’s chronic pain clinic is essential to allowing individuals with chronic pain to live comfortably while decreasing opioid reliance. I appreciate the Ministry’s investment to expand this clinic’s program and further their research on understanding pain.”
– Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
“We’re very grateful to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for this funding, which will help us to build more comprehensive, interdisciplinary chronic pain management services to support the estimated 37 per cent of adults in our region who live with chronic pain. Expanding our interdisciplinary clinical team opens the way to providing multiple strategies for managing chronic pain and to creating very patient-specific treatment programs, which is vital in view of the complex nature of chronic pain. And it will help to support our contribution to a national research effort identifying new treatments to manage and prevent chronic pain.”
– Dr. David Pichora, Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Dieu Hospital
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