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The complexity of Canada’s opioid crisis requires collaborative efforts at all levels. The Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management is focused on the simplest, and yet most challenging part of prevention, which is to reduce the number of patients being prescribed opioids as the first line of treatment for pain management in Canada.

The recommendations for patient and practitioner strategies, and a better overall approach to pain management, are intended to reduce the number of new opioid users, and to reduce the future extent of Canada’s opioid crisis. The objective of this work is to improve integration and access to non-pharmacological pain management.