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Family physician helps patients with chronic pain

“… with all of my patients with chronic pain, in addition to providing referrals, investigations, specialist consults, and medication changes and renewals; I can offer education and self-management resources. I negotiate with patients the agenda to discuss self-management during regular monthly follow-up appointments which is important for pharmaco-vigilance and encouraging a systematic comprehensive approach to care.”

Read more here:
http://thischangedmypractice.com/chronic-pain-resource/

People in Pain Network Pain ToolKit

Offers two Pain ToolKits:
http://www.pipain.com/pain-toolkits.html

Adult Pain ToolKit

Developed to help adults to manage the daily challenges faced for people living with persistent pain:
http://www.paintoolkit.org/downloads/Pain_Toolkit_Canada.pdf

Youth Pain ToolKit

Developed to help youth people to manage the daily challenges faced for people living with persistent pain:
http://www.paintoolkit.org/downloads/Pain_Toolkit_for_Teenagers_Canada_Jan_2014_%281%29.pdf

Low Back Pain: CORE Back Tool

The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) has created the following:
http://effectivepractice.org/resources/low-back-pain-tools/
as part of the Provincial Low Back Pain Project.

You will find many tools on their site, including the ones below.

As part of the Excellent Care for All Strategy, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) has funded a provincial initiative on Low Back Pain which aims to enhance patient care, improve wait times and reduce inappropriate diagnostic utilization. Education tools have been developed to assist primary care providers in better managing patients with low back pain.

LOW BACK PAIN PATIENT SELF-MANAGEMENT VIDEO:

The Centre for Effective Practice is excited to release a new patient video on Low Back Pain created by Dr. Mike Evans (Health Design Lab) and developed in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, and the Institute for Work & Health.

The video is targeted at Ontario adults who may be experiencing an episode of low back pain and is based on existing primary care provider evidence-informed standardized clinical tools and resources previously developed as part of the provincial Strategy.

 

For Patients:

 

Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) is a national not-for-profit organization that is funded through its project work with organizations that have a shared vision for improving the quality of care for Canadians.

Here 24/7 : Addictions, Mental Health & Crisis Services Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin

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Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA WWD) provides a full care system for those with addictions, mental health or developmental needs. We serve everyone from children to adults to seniors, all under one roof. Our programs help individuals and families to lead lives filled with meaning and promise. We have 350 staff at offices in Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville, and Mount Forest. We also provide visiting/satellite services in Arthur, Shelburne, Erin and Palmerston.

What is Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish)

Street names: marijuana (grass, weed, pot, dope, ganja and others), hashish (hash), hash oil (weed oil, honey oil)

Cannabis sativa, also known as the hemp plant, has been cultivated for centuries for industrial and medical use, and for its “psychoactive,” or mind-altering, effects. Marijuana, hashish and hashish oil all derive from the cannabis plant.

More than 61 chemicals, called cannabinoids, have been identified as specific to the cannabis plant. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid, and is most responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana use.

Click here to read more from the CAMH website.

What are opioids?

Street names: M, morph, (for morphine); meth (for methadone); percs (for Percodan, Percocet); juice (for Dilaudid); oxy, OC, hillbilly heroin (for OxyContin).

Opioids are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects. The primary medical use for prescription opioids is to relieve pain. Other medical uses include control of coughs and diarrhea, and the treatment of addiction to other opioids. Opioids can also produce euphoria, making them prone to abuse. Some people use opioids for their ability to produce a mellow, relaxed “high.”

Federal laws regulate the possession and distribution of all opioids. Use of prescription opioids is legal only when they are prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner, and are used by the person to whom they are prescribed. Illegal use includes “double doctoring,” or obtaining a prescription from more than one doctor without telling the prescribing doctor about other prescriptions received in the past 30 days. Penalties for the illegal possession and distribution of prescription opioids include fines, imprisonment or both.

Where do opioids come from?

Some opioids, such as morphine and codeine, occur naturally in opium, a gummy substance collected from the seed pod of the opium poppy, which grows in southern Asia. Semi-synthetic opioids, such as oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin), hydromorphone (e.g., Dilaudid) or hydrocodone (e.g., Tussionex) are made by changing the chemical structure of naturally occurring opioids. Synthetic opioids, such as methadone, meperidine (e.g., Demerol) and fentanyl (Duragesic Patch), are made from chemicals without using a naturally occurring opioid as a starting material.

Click here to read more from the CAMH website.