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Can Fam Physician. 2016 June; 62(6): 475.
PMCID: PMC4907552

More opioid and CPD discussion

Paul Bonisteel, MD CCFP FCFP

In the January issue of Canadian Family Physician, Dr Moore’s letter furthering the discussion on mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for opioid prescribing is not so much about whether or not to support CPD but rather who sponsors the CPD courses.1 If the makers of slow-release opioids are the drivers, then that agenda will come through. Truth is, while we might have a crisis of opioid overuse and deaths, we also have a shameful lack of expertise in managing pain. Practitioners in Atlantic Canada might wish to avail of a balanced CPD through the Atlantic Mentorship Network for Pain and Addiction, which offers a course on safe opioid prescribing.


Competing interests

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1. Moore D. Further discussion on mandatory CPD for opiate prescribing [Letters] Can Fam Physician. 2016;62:30–1. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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