May 20, 2015
MEMORANDUM TO:Provincial Regulatory Bodies and The Canadian Horse Racing Industry
SUBJECT: Addition of Buprenorphine to the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs in the Pari‐Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations
Please be advised that the regulatory amendment to add the drug buprenorphine to the Schedule to the Pari‐Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations has been finalized. The Canadian Pari‐Mutuel Agency, in consultation with the Drug Advisory Committee, has determined that this drug should be added to the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs.Buprenorphine belongs to a group of drugs known as synthetic opioid analgesics. It is used to control pain in humans and in animals and accordingly, should not be used in race‐horses participating in races on which pari‐mutuel betting is being conducted.