Media Releases

Click on the links below to view the latest media releases that ODPRN distributes, often in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), illustrating current ODPRN research and scientists.


Prescriptions for medications commonly used to treat ADHD have increased over the past 5 years in Ontario

Approximately 1 in 78 Ontarians received a prescription stimulant in 2017 (180,699 individuals), with nearly half of those being children and youth (46 per cent were 18 years old and younger), a new study has found.

September 25, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


Multimedia online series features powerful first-person narratives from people who take opioids

The Opioid Chapters features Henry’s story along with those of 10 other people whose lives have been profoundly affected by opioids, a joint project of the Ontario Drug Policy and Research Network (ODPRN) and the website Healthy Debate.

September 6, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


One-third of opioid-related deaths in Ontario were among people actively treated with a prescription opioid in 2016

One-third of opioid-related deaths in Ontario were among people actively being treated with prescription opioids in 2016. However, this proportion has decreased significantly since 2013, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), St. Michael’s Hospital and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN).

August 29, 2018 | Media Release | 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 | Media Release | Associated Research


One in every five deaths in young adults is opioid-related in the United States: study

One out of every five deaths among young adults in the United States is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers in Canada.

June 1, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


Nearly a quarter of all Ontarians newly prescribed opioids received a daily dose exceeding clinical guidelines

Nearly a quarter (23.9 per cent) of initial opioid prescriptions in Ontario had a daily dose of more than 50 milligram morphine equivalents (MME), exceeding the suggested dose threshold for opioid prescriptions outlined in North American clinical guidelines, according to a new study.

May 16, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


One in every six deaths in young adults is opioid-related: study

One out of every six deaths among young adults in Ontario is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

April 25, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


Study finds more people relying on government catastrophic drug plans and big increase in government spending

Government spending for the catastrophic drug program in Ontario rose 840 per cent between 2000 and 2016, during which there was a three-fold increase in the use of this plan, a new study has found.

March 26, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


New study finds 1 in 200 patients prescribed opioids in emergency departments will be admitted to hospital for opioid toxicity

A study published in CMAJ Open shows that emergency physicians contribute significantly to new prescriptions for opioids in Ontario, and that they prescribe opioids at doses which exceed new Canadian guidelines more often than family physicians.

March 5, 2018 | Media Release | Associated Research


Combined use of opioids and gabapentin substantially increases risk of overdose

Ontario patients co-prescribed gabapentin and opioids were 49 per cent more likely to suffer an opioid-related death than patients prescribed opioids alone, a new study has found.

October 3, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


One in five opioid overdoses involves alcohol: study

Despite a decline in alcohol involvement in opioid-related deaths over past decade, one in five fatal opioid overdoses still involved alcohol in 2013, according to a new study.

August 31, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


Antipsychotics common for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Six-year Canadian study shows prescriptions often occur in adults with no psychiatric diagnosis.

August 23, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


New report finds number of people being prescribed opioids to treat pain in Ontario stabilized, but many still exceed recommended daily dose

The rate at which people are being prescribed opioids to treat pain in Ontario has stabilized while the amount of drugs they receive has declined considerably, a new report has found.

August 22, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


Small number of physicians account for majority of the drug prescriptions used to treat people battling opioid addictions, study finds

A small number of physicians prescribe the majority of the drugs used to treat people in Ontario who are battling opioid addictions.

July 19, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


Article of the Year for Canadian health policy research

A research paper from St. Michael’s Hospital’s Tara Gomes and her collaborators received the 2017 Article of the Year from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research.

May 26, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


Two people a day die of opioid-related causes in Ontario

The rate of opioid-related deaths in Ontario has increased almost four-fold (285 per cent) over the past 25 years.

April 20, 2017 | Media Release | Associated Research


Study finds opioid prescribing declines following release of national guidelines for physicians, but rates of overdose-related hospital visits continue to climb

The rate of opioid use in Canada has fallen 13.7 per cent since the publication in May 2010 of national guidelines for their use in chronic non-cancer pain.

December 14, 2016 | Media Release | Associated Research


More than 600 Ontarians died of opioid-related causes in 2013 with opioid prescribing and overdose varying widely across the province

There were 638 opioid-related deaths in Ontario in 2013, approximately one death for every 20,000 Ontarians.

November 10, 2016 | Media Release | Associated Research


Limiting reimbursement for blood glucose test strips does not harm patients and reduces costs

A provincial plan implementing quantity limits on blood glucose test strips for patients with Type 2 diabetes not using insulin does not put those patients at risk.

November 7, 2016 | Media Release | Associated Research


New analysis looks at who is receiving high-strength opioids in Ontario

Nine out of 10 people in Ontario who receive government reimbursement for their prescription high-strength opioid tablets or patches are not palliative care patients.

August 2, 2016 | Media Release | Associated Research

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