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New opioid dispensing requirements in effect

medicationNew laws related to opioid dispensing are now in effect.

Under the Food and Drug Regulations, nurses dispensing Class A opioids (i.e. a drug listed in Part A of the List of Opioids) are required to apply a warning sticker to the prescription bottle, container or package and provide a patient information handout to accompany the drug. A sticker or handout will not be required if nurses are administering the prescription directly to the client. 

The warning sticker and the patient information handout are available on the Government of Canada's Information for Patients Concerning Opioids web page. Nurses are responsible for obtaining and producing copies of the sticker and handout for their own use. 

Read Health Canada’s Q&As for more information about these new requirements.

Page last reviewed October 20, 2018