November 1, 2011 – Ministry Of Health Launches Ontario’s Narcotic Strategy
What is changing?
For ALL narcotic and controlled substance medications, you will be required to show acceptable ID in order to get your prescription at the clinic, and to have it filled at your pharmacy. Common examples of these medications include:
pain medications such as Tylenol #2 or #3, Percocet
sleep and anxiety medications such as Lorazepam, Clonazepam
medication for ADHD such as Ritalin or Concerta
What should I expect at the clinic?
We will continue to ask you to show us your Health Card every time you come to the office for your appointment. In addition, the doctor or nurse may ask you to show your ID again when you are being prescribed your medication. Please note - You will be required to present the same piece of ID to your pharmacist in order to receive your medication.
What ID is acceptable? Here are a few examples:
- Your Valid Ontario Health Card (your BEST option by far!)
- Your Valid Driver’s License
- Birth Certificate from a Canadian province or territory
- Valid Passport – Canadian or other country
What if I’m picking up medication for someone else?
Whether you’re picking up medication for a loved one, friend or neighbour, you will also be required to show your ID to the pharmacist. You must also ensure that the person you’re picking up the medication for has already provided valid identification for their prescription at the time the prescription is written.
Questions? Please ask a member of your health care team, or visit the official website at ontario.ca/narcoticsstrategy!