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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.

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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