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What Does CSEPM Do?

Opioids have quickly emerged as one of the primary means for managing acute and chronic non‐cancer pain in primary care settings. The potential for long-term opioid use increases after as few as three to five days of prescription therapy which is why optimizing alternatives is so important.

The Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM) is committed, as part of the federal government’s opioid strategy, to develop recommendations to promote a better approach to pain management at the practitioner level.

The role of the Coalition is to evaluate the most common reasons for opioid prescribing in primary care settings and develop recommendations for practitioners and the wider healthcare system to assist with patient navigation and prioritize clinical alternatives that can reduce reliance on opioids.

The opioid crisis is complex, and requires compassionate, collaborative efforts at all levels to find solutions. The members of the Coalition have an important role in patient navigation and in offering physical and psychological alternatives to opioids although these services are not often accessible in primary care settings.

Who is CSEPM?

The Coalition brings together professions who have an important role in non-cancer pain management in primary care settings, including those who play a central role in helping patients in navigating their care options. The coalition includes national associations for medical pain management, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, chiropractic, occupational therapy, patient groups, and health system experts.

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Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis