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