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Study shows opioid guidelines unintentionally cause experiences of stigma and loss of autonomy amongst those who take opioids
Published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, a study conducted by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) of St. Michael’s Hospital found that the introduction of opioid-related policies had unintended consequences for people who take opioids.
A new study has found that women who began methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) during later stages of pregnancy did not have increased risks of many perinatal adverse health outcomes compared to pregnant women who initiated the treatment for opioid use disorder earlier.
Prescriptions for stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall rising in Ontario, particularly for teen boys: report
Use of prescription stimulants has risen nearly 30 per cent in the past five years, a new study says, but girls are less likely to be taking the drugs than boys, meaning some cases of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be going undiagnosed.
A new multimedia project, titled the Opioid Chapters, delves beyond the data to share the personal experiences of those affected by the crisis.
About a third of deaths caused by opioids in Ontario in 2016 were among people who had been prescribed the drugs, a study published Wednesday shows.
Treatment with pregabalin (Lyrica), an anticonvulsant also approved for several forms of chronic pain, was associated with an increased risk for opioid-related death when co-prescribed with opioids, Canadian researchers reported.
Scientists at the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network have unveiled an interactive tool that shows opioid prescription rates across the province, enabling users to quickly evaluate the impact of programs designed to deal with the opioid crisis.
People who are prescribed a combination pill to manage their high blood pressure are more likely to take their medicine as instructed and have better health outcomes than those who take the same medications prescribed as separate pills, according to a new study published today.
In 2016, one in 65 deaths in the United States involved opioids — and among younger adults, that number skyrocketed to one in five, according to a new study.
Researchers say 23.9 per cent of initial opioid prescriptions in Ontario during that time had a daily dose of more than 50 milligram morphine equivalents.
A new study finds a steep rise in opioid-related deaths in Ontario among teens and young adults. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto say one out of six deaths among Ontarians aged 25 to 34 was related to opioids in 2015.
There are almost 130,000 Ontario residents who have “catastrophic” drug expenses and need government assistance to cover their costly medications, a new study shows.
A new study from Mount Sinai hospital suggests that emergency departments may be helping to fuel Canada’s opiate crisis.
A recent study has shown that a large number of developmentally disabled adults prescribed antipsychotics do not have the diagnoses for which these drugs are approved.
A new study out today shows that alcohol may be a factor in one in five opioid-related deaths in Ontario.
Thousands of people with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities are being prescribed anti-psychotic medication by Ontario doctors despite a lack of evidence that the drugs actually help them, a new study has found.
Pharmacies in Ontario are filling a growing number of prescriptions for opioids, but a new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network suggests this may actually reflect safer prescribing practices.
A small proportion of Ontario doctors who treat people battling opioid addictions prescribe the majority of the medications used to treat the disorder, a study has found, raising concerns about the quality of patient care and access to therapy.
Ontario has seen an almost fourfold jump in the rate of opioid-related deaths over the past 25 years, according to a report published Thursday.