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Time to stop over-prescribing antipsychotics to adults with developmental disabilities

A recent study has shown that a large number of developmentally disabled adults prescribed antipsychotics do not have the diagnoses for which these drugs are approved.

October 13, 2017 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research


1 in 5 opioid-related deaths in Ontario involve alcohol, study suggests

A new study out today shows that alcohol may be a factor in one in five opioid-related deaths in Ontario.

August 31, 2017 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research


Study questions why thousands with developmental disabilities are prescribed antipsychotics

Thousands of people with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities are being prescribed anti-psychotic medication by Ontario doctors despite a lack of evidence that the drugs actually help them, a new study has found.

August 23, 2017 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research


Ontario pharmacies filling more opioid prescriptions, but in smaller doses: study

Pharmacies in Ontario are filling a growing number of prescriptions for opioids, but a new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network suggests this may actually reflect safer prescribing practices.

August 22, 2017 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research


Small pool of doctors treat majority of Ontarians with opioid addiction: study

A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.

July 19, 2017 | National Post | News Article | Associated Research


Two people die every day in Ontario of opioid-related causes, research shows

Ontario has seen an almost fourfold jump in the rate of opioid-related deaths over the past 25 years, according to a report published Thursday.

April 20, 2017 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research


Opioid prescribing down, but OD-related hospital visits continue to climb: study

Medically sanctioned opioid use has dropped by almost 14 per cent since national guidelines for prescribing the drugs were introduced in 2010, yet the rate of overdose-related hospital visits continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.

December 14, 2016 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research


Canadian children now take far more mood-altering drugs, prescription count shows

Canadian doctors are increasingly medicating children with antidepressants and antipsychotics, suggests a new study experts worry is the latest sign of using drugs to achieve “behavioural control.”

November 13, 2016 | National Post | News Article | Associated Research


Diabetes: No Risk Cost Cutting? No harm seen from test strip reimbursement limit

The introduction of reimbursement limits for blood glucose test strips had no impact on rates of emergency department (ED) visits for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, or on mean hemoglobin A1c levels, according to a Canadian study.

November 8, 2016 | MedPage Today | News Article | Associated Research


20% of Ontario drug-benefit recipients on prescription opioids

New research reveals painkiller overdoses happening most often in northeastern part of province.

November 10, 2016 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research


Ontario ‘slow to respond’ to growing opioid overdose crisis: Experts

An average of two people die from opioid overdoses in Ontario each day, but unlike other other provinces across the country — there is no real time monitoring system in place to provide a comprehensive look at the issue.

September 23, 2016 | Global News | News Article


Ottawa must act quickly on opioid crisis

In the absence of national data on opioid prescribing and overdoses, we have no way to capture the problem or to identify policy solutions.

September 6, 2016 | Toronto Star | News Article


Adult ADHD: A debilitating condition that’s often missed

Adults with ADHD face numerous barriers in accessing a diagnosis and treatment – not the least of which is that the first-line treatment is not publicly available to adults in many provinces.

August 4, 2016 | Healthy Debate | News Article | Associated Research


Few palliative care patients at risk under Ontario’s new opioid policy: study

Only a small number of palliative-care patients in Ontario will be affected by the province’s plan to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug programs, a new study shows.

August 2, 2016 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research


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