Canadian Opioid Guideline

The Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids is a national, evidence-based guideline to help primary-care physicians and specialists safely and effectively use opioids to treat patients with chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP).

The guideline is not intended to be used as a policy or standard of practice, but as a practical resource to provide Canadian physicians with the best available information, research and consensus of opinion on this topic.

Complete versions of the guideline are available in English in electronic formats from the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University. French translation of these documents will be completed as soon as possible.

Note: The Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids is the result of two years of research, review and collaboration between the National Opioid Use Guideline Group (NOUGG), the National Advisory Panel (NAP) and a research team of academic experts.

What's New...


  • Review article: Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: a New Canadian Practice Guideline by Dr. Furlan et al.
    • Canadian Medical Association Journal (print version) 
      Available to subscribers June 15, 2010

Quick Links 

Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids
Complete guideline in PDF and HTML format

Frequently Asked Questions

General     |    Physicians

Other Resources

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

Media Release    |    Backgrounder

Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

Media Release    |    Peer Reviewed Article  (Note: CMAJ subscription required)


Ed Jess, Director of Physician Prescribing Practices
780-969-4946 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4946 (in Alberta)