Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

Guide and Action Plan

Opioid dependence is a health concern with implications for the individual patient as well as the public. Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is recognized internationally as among the most effective treatments for opioid dependency.

Addiction treatment experts recommend that methadone treatment for opioid dependence be delivered with a maintenance-oriented, rather than abstinence-oriented, philosophy. This approach acknowledges opioid dependence as a chronic disease.

Effective February 1, 2014, the standard concentration of methadone is 10 mg/ml. 

All pharmacy managers, staff, relief pharmacists and pharmacy technicians employed in a community pharmacy that provides MMT must:

  • have successfully completed the mandatory CPBC MMT training program, and
  • have implemented all necessary practice requirements identified in the CPBC Methadone Maintenance Treatment Policy Guide (2013).

For inquiries regarding MMT, please email

Online MMT Training

As part of the Government of Canada’s response to the opioid crisis, Health Canada removed the requirement for an exemption under section 56(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to prescribe or administer methadone.
Declaration of Completion

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Required References
Public Awareness