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About the webinar

On February 16, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) held a webinar event to promote the release of the 'Addressing Opioid Stigma in Pharmacies – Strategies for Pharmacy Professionals’ toolkit that provides valuable insights and resources for frontline pharmacy professionals to support people taking opioids to mitigate the negative impacts of stigma.

The toolkit describes strategies for reducing stigma around opioids and the people who use them, including those prescribed opioids to manage pain or treat opioid use disorder or those seeking naloxone kits. The toolkit illustrates some of these strategies by applying them to situations that pharmacy professionals encounter in practice.

To mark the release of the toolkit, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam joined to provide opening remarks.

Following her address, the toolkit elements were presented, followed by a panel discussion moderated by CAMH and University of Toronto Advanced Practice Clinical Leader and Clinician Educator Maria Zhang.

Live event date: Friday, February 16
French dubbed audio is available for the below recording. Click the settings icon to change the presentation language.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, viewers will be able to:

  1. Describe how opioid-related stigma manifests in pharmacy settings and its impact on patients.
  2. Identify effective strategies to provide stigma-free care to those taking opioids.
  3. Address opioid-related stigma in pharmacy practice through advocacy and sharing materials.

Who should watch?

This webinar will be of interest to pharmacy professionals.


  • Beth Sproule, clinician scientist, CAMH and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Sadaf Faisal, director of professional affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Sean Patenaude, CAMH patient engagement facilitator and a person with lived and living expertise with mental health and addictions
  • Kristen Watt, owner, Kristen’s Pharmacy
  • Braiden Cutmore, pharmacist, CAMH
  • Andrew Johnson, manager, Patient and Family Education and CAMH Publications
  • Jordana Rovet, coordinator, Collaborative Learning College, CAMH


Maria Zhang, advanced practice clinical leader and clinician educator, CAMH and University of Toronto

About the organizer

Knowledge Mobilization, Provincial System Support Program, CAMH
The Knowledge Mobilization team in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) moves evidence to action to improve programming and inform policy change. Our team works closely with researchers, clinicians, policymakers, system planners, service providers, and people with lived experiences to mobilize knowledge and help people connect.

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