Opioid Dependence/ treatment
If you have been diagnosed with opioid dependence you can receive addictions maintenance treatment through harm reduction programs that use prescribed drugs such as methadone or suboxone.

Opioid Dependence/ treatment

Opioids are a strong class of dugs that trigger the release of endorphins, the neurotransmitters that make your brain feel good, hindering you from feeling pain and boosting feelings of pleasure. Genetic, psychological, and environmental factors can increase the risk of opioid dependency, increasing the rick of addiction. Those who take opioids are at risk of developing an addiction to them, where the condition starts as pleasurable and turns into a substance where one cannot live without. An addiction is an irresistible craving of drugs which can spiral out of control and result in harmful consequences, including overdosing and death. One can develop tolerance to opioids as they are taken over time as the body slows the production of opioid, inducing the persons drive to increase the doses so that the good feeling can remain. In some cases, opioid users who tend to increase their supply, obtain drugs such as fentanyl which can be laced with contaminants that can result in over dosage due to the potency of fentanyl and its fatal characteristics when it is laced.

Some signs of over dosage can include a limp body, inability to wake up, slow, weak, or no breathing, heavy or unusual snoring, small pupils, blue lips and fingernails, severe dizziness. If you suspect that someone is overdosing, call 911 or your emergency health line. It is also useful to try and awaken the person by shouting their name or tapping their shoulder as well as give naloxone (medication that reverses an opioid overdose) if available. Speak to the pharmacist about getting a naloxone kit as well as for education on how to use it.

Due to the deadly consequences that come with the dependency on opioids, we offer Methadone/Suboxone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) which is an effective pharmacological treatment for opioid dependence. If you have been diagnosed with opioid dependence you can receive addictions maintenance treatment as a sudden quitting of such drugs can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, pain, trouble sleeping, cravings, sweatiness, and diarrhea, and thus it is important to manage this condition with an expert that can help decrease the risks associated with opioid dependency.

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What are the changes to OHIP+ program?

The Ontario government has announced changes to OHIP+ starting April 1, 2019. Children and youth age 24 and under who are OHIP-insured, but who do not have a private plan will be eligible.

What medications are covered by OHIP+?

OHIP+ completely covers the cost of more than 4,400 drug products that are currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, including:

  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • Various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g. EPIPENs®)
  • Medications to treat arthritis, epilepsy and other chronic conditions
  • Antidepressants
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications
  • Medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions

To find out if your medication is covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program visit or contact us for more information.

Medications available through the Exceptional Access Program may also be covered if an individual qualifies

What is a private plan?

A private plan means an employer, group or individual plan, program or account, that could provide coverage for drug products, including facilitating the funding that could be used to pay for drug products, regardless of the following: 

  • the private plan covers the particular drug for which coverage is sought, 
  • the child or youth or another person under the private plan is required to pay a co-payment, deductible, or premium, or, 
  • the child or youth has reached their annual maximum under the private plan and no further coverage is available.
What about medications not covered under OHIP+?

If the prescribed medication is not covered by OHIP+, your Guardian or I.D.A. pharmacist may be able to recommend alternative medications that are covered by OHIP+.
If you have private insurance, some drugs not covered by OHIP+ may be covered by your insurance plan.

The Exceptional Access Program (EAP) may enable access to some medications for which no appropriate alternative is covered by OHIP+. Your healthcare provider is required to submit a request on your behalf. If approved, the full cost of the medication will be covered. Visit for more information on EAP.

How do I get an Ontario health card?

An Ontario health card is required to receive OHIP+ coverage.  For more information on getting an Ontario health card, visit or contact a ServiceOntario Centre at 1-800-268-1154 (toll-free in Ontario only), 416-314-5518 (Toronto and GTA) or 1-800-387-5559 (toll-free TTY).

If my child is entitled to receive drug benefits through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, will they be fully covered, or will they have a co-pay? si?

Children and youth age 24 and under who are eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program because they receive social assistance benefits, regardless of whether they have a private plan, will maintain their benefits through the ODB Program with no co-pay and no deductible.


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