In the past, you were able to get your prescription narcotic or other controlled substance medication without showing ID. That has changed.
You are now required to show acceptable ID to your doctor or dentist, and in certain cases your pharmacist, in order to get your prescription and have it filled.
A number of prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications are being monitored through the Narcotics Strategy.
Prescription narcotics are drugs commonly prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. A couple examples of common narcotic medications include:
Controlled substances are drugs listed under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. A few examples of controlled substance medications include:
You can also speak with your doctor, dentist or pharmacist to see if any drugs you are currently taking are on the list.
Learn more about which medications are being monitored.
Your doctor or dentist will ask you for an acceptable form of ID when you are being prescribed your medication. A unique number from your ID will be recorded on your prescription.
You may be requested to present your ID to your pharmacist in order to receive your medication.
The information you provide will be recorded in the Narcotics Monitoring System to ensure proper prescribing and dispensing practices are being followed.
The abuse and misuse of prescription narcotics and other controlled substances is a serious public health and safety issue in Ontario. The monitoring of these medications through law exists to protect people from the harm that these drugs can do.
The information on your ID will be recorded and monitored to help to ensure proper prescribing and dispensing practices are being followed.
There are a number of approved forms of identification you can use. Below are a few examples:
A complete list of approved forms of identification is available. Learn more >>
Whether you’re picking up medication for a loved one, friend or neighbour, you are 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.
The pharmacist will record your name and address and keep this information on file at the pharmacy.
The information will be stored in the Narcotics Monitoring System. Information collected will be used to detect unusual or inappropriate behaviour, identify trends, enhance education initiatives and develop harm reduction strategies.
The abuse and misuse of prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications is a serious public health and safety issue in Ontario. A growing number of people are addicted to these drugs, using them outside their intended medical purposes, including unlawful activities and some dying as a result of this improper use.
To address these significant issues, Ontario has developed a strategy to educate health care professionals and the public on the proper prescribing and use of these medications.
Ontario’s Narcotics Strategy is promoting the proper use of prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications while working to reduce drug abuse and addiction among Ontarians, while ensuring that people who need narcotics and other controlled substances for appropriate medical use will continue to have access to these medications.
A monitoring system has been developed to collect and store information on prescribing and dispensing activities for these medications. The information collected by the monitoring system will be used for improving prescribing and dispensing practices and stopping the use of prescription drugs for improper purposes. Learn more >>
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