Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Bill 101: Narcotic Safety & Awareness Act, 2010

Bill 101: Narcotic Safety & Awareness Act, 2010


RNAO calls for:

  1. Support for Bill 101 as an important first step and recommends attentiveness to privacy/confidentiality safeguards; lessons to be learned from CPSO monitoring of clients on methadone maintenance treatment as well lessons from other jurisdictions; and urges further consultation with rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities and their front-line clinicians in order to address challenges that could hinder the Bill’s effective implementation.
  2. Development of an integrated and seamless mental health-care system for all Ontarians, with interprofessional collaboration, delivered at the individual’s preferred location, with special consideration for members of Aboriginal communities, older adults tackling both new and ongoing mental health and addictions challenges, people from racialized communities, new Canadians, people with disabilities, discharged members of the Canadian Forces, children and youth requiring increased and enhanced mental health and addiction services, inmates in correctional facilities, and rehabilitated ex-convicts.
  3. Implementation of the approach of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions outlined in Navigating the Journey to Wellness: The Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Ontarians.
  4. In addition to supporting utilization of non-commercial, evidence-based guidelines such as the Canadian Guidelines for Safe and Effective use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and RNAO’s Nursing Best Practice Guideline on Assessment and Management of Pain, RNAO recommends the government of Ontario continue its leadership on pharmaceutical issues by advocating for a national Pharmacare program.
  5. Ensuring a robust and multi-disciplinary range of perspectives on the Narcotics Advisory Panel that currently seems to be comprised of one police officer, one MOHLTC official, two representatives from the Ontario College of Pharmacists, and eight physicians. Addressing pain control and addiction and mental health issues in a comprehensive way requires multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approaches.
  6. Implementing RNAO’s comprehensive set of policy recommendations on improving access to mental health and addiction services, enhancing medicare, improving access to primary care, and improving health equity by addressing the social determinants of health as set out in Creating Vibrant Communities: RNAO’s Challenge to Ontario’s Political Parties 2011 Provincial Election.

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