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Monitoring opioid prescriptions across Ontario

Scientists at the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network have unveiled an interactive tool that shows opioid prescription rates across the province, enabling users to quickly evaluate the impact of programs designed to deal with the opioid crisis.

July 4, 2018 | St. Michael’s Hospital | News Article | Associated Research


Better outcomes for patients using single-pill combination for blood pressure

People who are prescribed a combination pill to manage their high blood pressure are more likely to take their medicine as instructed and have better health outcomes than those who take the same medications prescribed as separate pills, according to a new study published today.

June 11, 2018 | Medical Xpress | News Article | Associated Research


Opioids Are Now Responsible for 1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults

In 2016, one in 65 deaths in the United States involved opioids — and among younger adults, that number skyrocketed to one in five, according to a new study.

June 1, 2018 | Time Magazine | News Article | Associated Research


Nearly a quarter of Ontario opioid prescriptions exceeded guidelines: study

Researchers say 23.9 per cent of initial opioid prescriptions in Ontario during that time had a daily dose of more than 50 milligram morphine equivalents.

May 16, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research


Opioids account for 1 in 6 deaths among young people in Ontario: study

A new study finds a steep rise in opioid-related deaths in Ontario among teens and young adults. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto say one out of six deaths among Ontarians aged 25 to 34 was related to opioids in 2015.

April 26, 2018 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research


Use of ‘catastrophic’ drug plan surges in Ontario, study says

There are almost 130,000 Ontario residents who have “catastrophic” drug expenses and need government assistance to cover their costly medications, a new study shows.

March 26, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research


ER exceeding opioid prescription guide: report

A new study from Mount Sinai hospital suggests that emergency departments may be helping to fuel Canada’s opiate crisis.

March 12, 2018 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research


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


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