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Addiction and Mental Health - Virtual Opioid Dependency Program

 Location: Alberta Wide

Provides initiation and maintenance of Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) medications and Designated Narcotic Drugs to people with opioid use disorder and helps them access services they need to live healthy lives.

Opioid Agonist Treatment medications (ie. methadone, Suboxone®) are provided in all locations, Designated Narcotic Drugs (ie. hydromorphone) are provided in Narcotic Transition Services (NTS) locations. Patients are stabilized on medications under close medical supervision and evaluation of response to medication.

When they are properly prescribed and dispensed, a person on most of the OAT medication is able to function normally with no drowsiness and no withdrawal symptoms. In situations when a most of the OAT medications have not been effective in managing a person's opioid use disorder, Designated Narcotic Drugs can be used in the clinics that provide NTS.

Services available may include:

  • ongoing support and monitoring (e.g. prescription management, medical follow up, urine testing, counselling and treatment planning)
  • health, safety and risk reduction teaching and management
  • source of information and expertise for community stakeholders on Opioid Agonist Treatment and the medications used
  • links to community pharmacists
  • links to other addictions treatment services
  • links to other social and health support systems
  • hepatitis and HIV screening
  • Narcotic Transition Services (available at Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat)

Services are voluntary and confidential.

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Contact Details

Alberta Wide

Tollfree
1-844-383-7688
Fax
403-783-7610
Email
vodp@ahs.ca
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Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Access
Service Providers May Include
addiction counsellors, doctors, mental health therapists, nurse practitioners (NPs), peer support workers, registered nurses (RNs), social workers
Eligibility

Provides treatment for opioid use disorder by providing the following:

  • medication management
  • oral opioid agonist treatment (injectable medications available in ODP / NTS clinics only)
  • psychosocial support
Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Any health professional can refer a client directly to the program for care or clients may choose to call the ODP clinic directly and complete a self-referral. Services are arranged as close to home as possible utilizing Virtual Health Technology (i.e., telehealth) Appointments will be scheduled with you in your home community, generally in Addiction and Mental Health clinics with telehealth services. Arrangements can be made to consider alternative virtual health linkages to support your treatment.

To find a service near you click on Addiction Services: Adult Counselling or call the Addiction Helpline


Fees

No Fee to attend the program.

Dispensing fees payable to patient's assigned pharmacy.

Staff will assist to apply for medication funding when needed / appropriate.

Client's Health and Benefit Plan or other prescription coverage, Alberta Works (if eligible).


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Also Known As
Acronym
ODP, RODP, VODP
Other
Methadone Clinic, Methadone Program, Opiate Dependency, Opioid Dependency, Opioid Dependency Program