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In November of 2016, then-Federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins called the Opioid Conference and Opioid Summit to order and released a Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis. They then described the broad-based response the federal and provincial government was taking to address the complex causes of opioid access, abuse, and addiction.

It was clear that the immediate focus of Canada’s health minister was on those most at risk from opioids, but there was also recognition that more needed to be done upstream to reduce the number of new opioid users. This meeting was seen as a key opportunity to bring together healthcare professions and other organizations who had a shared interest in changing the conversation about how we approach and manage pain management in Canada.

CSEPM started its work in February 2017, and in March 2017, the Coalition was added as a signatory of the federal government’s Joint Statement of Action.

Members include the Coalition are the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Arthritis Society of Canada, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Canadian Psychological Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.