Controlled Substances and Nursing Practice in Community Health Facilities

The federal government has established new exemptions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to authorize:

  • nurses who provide primary health care services at a community health facility to conduct certain activities with controlled substances, and
  • hospitals and pharmacists to supply controlled substances to a community health facility.

These exemptions are subject to conditions, have implications for interdisciplinary practice as it relates to opioid replacement therapy. If you are a nurse who practises in a community health facility, you are encouraged to review information about these exemptions, which is available here.