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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.


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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