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Ontario crackdown is curbing prescription opioid abuse

Ontario implemented new surveillance measures over the past three years, including a requirement for patients to show identification at pharmacies and a prescription monitoring database, to help prevent prescription drug abuse. Finding show a decline in inappropriate prescriptions of opioid drugs since the implementation.

November 18, 2014 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Publication | Policy Research Minute | Clinical Research Minute


High-dose opioid painkillers still prescribed at high rates in Canada

Many Canadians are prescribed high-dose painkillers such as OxyContin and morphine. Findings show marked inter-provincial variation in dispensing of high-dose opioids across Canada.

September 12, 2014 | CBC News | News ArticlePublications | Research Minute


Testosterone replacement therapy use in Ontario soars over 15 years

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) use has increased by 310 per cent in Ontario over 15 years, despite the fact only 6.3 per cent of men newly starting the treatment were actually diagnosed with a condition that would require TRT.

July 16, 2014 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Publication | Policy Research Minute | Clinical Research Minute | Patient Research Minute


Oxycontin and other opioids tied to 1 in 8 deaths in young adults

Perceptions on safety of opioid medications need to change, researchers and advocates say.

July 7, 2014 | CBC News | News ArticleAssociated Research


Opioid deaths soaring

Opioid-related deaths in Ontario jumped by a whopping 242 per cent over two decades, according to a study by ICES and St. Mike’s.

July 7, 2014 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research


New opioid standards to tackle widespread abuse in Canada

In a bid to curb Canada’s widespread prescription-drug abuse problem, Ottawa is moving to force the makers of all opioids – not just the well-known painkiller oxycodone – to render their products resistant to crushing, snorting or injecting for a quick high.

July 7, 2014 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research


Canadian researchers sound warning on deaths related to the use of narcotic painkillers

The number of lives lost to opioid overdoses is increasing rapidly, according to a new Ontario study — and the bulk of the deaths are clustered among the young. Researchers who combed through death records from the Ontario chief coroner’s office found that the overall rate of deaths linked to the narcotic painkillers increased roughly three-fold between 1991 and 2010.

July 7, 2014 | Canada.com | News ArticleAssociated Research


Antipsychotic drugs prescribed to seniors at alarming rates

A Health Ministry study commissioned after the Star began investigating the practice found nearly half of Ontario nursing home residents aged 65-79 are being given “dangerous” drugs.

April 21, 2014 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research


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