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Opioid prescribing down, but OD-related hospital visits continue to climb: study

Medically sanctioned opioid use has dropped by almost 14 per cent since national guidelines for prescribing the drugs were introduced in 2010, yet the rate of overdose-related hospital visits continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.

December 14, 2016 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research

Canadian children now take far more mood-altering drugs, prescription count shows

Canadian doctors are increasingly medicating children with antidepressants and antipsychotics, suggests a new study experts worry is the latest sign of using drugs to achieve “behavioural control.”

November 13, 2016 | National Post | News Article | Associated Research

Diabetes: No Risk Cost Cutting? No harm seen from test strip reimbursement limit

The introduction of reimbursement limits for blood glucose test strips had no impact on rates of emergency department (ED) visits for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, or on mean hemoglobin A1c levels, according to a Canadian study.

November 8, 2016 | MedPage Today | News Article | Associated Research

20% of Ontario drug-benefit recipients on prescription opioids

New research reveals painkiller overdoses happening most often in northeastern part of province.

November 10, 2016 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research

Ontario ‘slow to respond’ to growing opioid overdose crisis: Experts

An average of two people die from opioid overdoses in Ontario each day, but unlike other other provinces across the country — there is no real time monitoring system in place to provide a comprehensive look at the issue.

September 23, 2016 | Global News | News Article

Ottawa must act quickly on opioid crisis

In the absence of national data on opioid prescribing and overdoses, we have no way to capture the problem or to identify policy solutions.

September 6, 2016 | Toronto Star | News Article

Adult ADHD: A debilitating condition that’s often missed

Adults with ADHD face numerous barriers in accessing a diagnosis and treatment – not the least of which is that the first-line treatment is not publicly available to adults in many provinces.

August 4, 2016 | Healthy Debate | News Article | Associated Research

Few palliative care patients at risk under Ontario’s new opioid policy: study

Only a small number of palliative-care patients in Ontario will be affected by the province’s plan to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug programs, a new study shows.

August 2, 2016 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

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