SHS Follows The 2017 Canadian Pain Control Guidelines for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (nationalpaincentre.mcmaster.ca/opioid/) and has an across-the-board policy that substantially reinforces the restrictions on Narcotic and Benzodiazepine use .
If a narcotic or other controlled substance is prescribed after careful review by the Prescriber, it must only be for 72 hours. Prescribers must establish a contract with clients to the effect that they will not seek narcotics elsewhere.
Initiation and maintenance of Suboxone is available for members of the Stoney community by prescription either by SHS physicians or Nurse Practitioners. Nursing personnel in the Harm Reduction Program are available to support community members in these initiation and maintenance processes.