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