To prescribe methadone for analgesia or for the treatment of opioïd dependence, physicians must be exempted under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. As well, the support of the physician's licensing body is normally required. Below you will find the application forms for an exemption to prescribe methadone.
On March 10, 2017, Health Canada issued a Section 56 Class Exemption for Practitioners Prescribing Methadone to Inpatients in a Hospital Setting.
This class exemption allows practitioners to continue a patient's methadone treatment while the patient is hospitalized without obtaining an individual temporary methadone section 56 exemption. This class exemption applies only when all the conditions of the exemption are met.
To verify if a practitioner is exempted to prescribe methadone or for other inquiries please contact the Methadone Program directly at:
Telephone: (613) 946-5139
Toll free: 1-866-358-0453
If you would like to request any application forms for a Methadone Exemption, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For physician practicing in the province of Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and applying for an exemption for opioïd dependence, please contact your licensing authority directly.
Guidelines for opiate dependence treatment
British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec have their own provincial guidelines that should be followed by practitioners prescribing methadone in those provinces. For all other provinces, the Health Canada guidelines:
"The use of opioïds in the management of opioïd dependence"
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