The province of Ontario has announced a new Narcotics Strategy that is effective as of November 1st, 2011. Learn more about the new strategy that looks to maintain access to controlled medications for those that require them while also ensuring proper prescription and distribution.
Ontario’s Narcotics Strategy is promoting the proper use, prescribing and dispensing of prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications, while ensuring that people who need them continue to have access.
This is being done to help reduce the misuse, addiction, unlawful activities and deaths related to these medications.
As of November 1, 2011:
- Ontarians must provide personal ID to their doctor, dentist and pharmacist in order to receive prescription narcotics and controlled substance medications.
- Ontarians may also be required to present ID if they have been authorized to pick up prescription narcotics or other monitored medication for someone else.
Prescribers (e.g., doctors) and dispensers (e.g., pharmacists) must record the identifying number the type of identification that is used and this information may be disclosed to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and/or the Executive Officer of Ontario Public Drug Programs.
If you require further information about the Ontario Narcotics Strategy, please visit the Ministry of Healths website: http://www.health.gov.on.ca