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Ontario construction workers accounted for 1 in 13 opioid deaths in recent years, report finds

Construction workers have been disproportionately affected by the worsening opioid crisis, accounting for about one in 13 opioid-related deaths in Ontario between 2017 and 2020, according to a new report published Thursday.

July 28, 2022 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Where the parties stand: On the opioid crisis

Ontario’s opioid crisis is “not abating — it’s continuing to grow,” says Gomes, who is also the principal investigator at the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. “This is just such an enormous public-health issue, and we’re losing so many lives to these accidental overdoses that are really avoidable if we could put the appropriate supports and systems in place for people.”

May 5, 2022 | TVO | News Article | Associated Research

Product label changes do not prevent accidental acetaminophen overdoses: Study

“We found that changes to acetaminophen labels that communicated the risks of overdose and the presence of acetaminophen in over-the-counter products did not affect rates of hospital admission for accidental acetaminophen overdose, ICU admission for accidental acetaminophen overdose and admission for acetaminophen overdoses involving opioids,” writes Dr. Tony Antoniou, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto, with coauthors.

April 19, 2022 | The Print | News Article | Associated Research

Antibiotic use varies across Canada’s provinces

“Reducing the overuse of antibiotics, with the specific concern of antimicrobial resistance growing, has been a goal globally,” said Tadrous. “That’s why it’s important to continue to drive down the gap between what’s appropriate use and what’s not.”

April 12, 2022 | Medscape | News Article | Associated Research

Opioid crisis: More access to take-home treatments didn’t raise risk of overdoses, study says

A“Allowing people to have that agency over treatment and given that opportunity is really important in independence and in confidence building,” Charlotte Munro, one of the study’s co-authors and a member of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network’s (ODPRN) lived experienced advisory board, told in a phone interview.

March 1, 2022 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research

Half of people who died from opioids in 2020 sought health care in the month before

Dr. Tara Gomes, the lead author of the report and a scientist at St. Michael’s, said the rate at which people accessed health care — outpatient visits, family doctor visits, trips to the emergency department or a hospital admission — shortly before dying is startling.

January 18, 2022 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research

Deaths from the opioid crisis often make headlines. What’s overlooked is the toll on survivors

“My concern is that we make this broad-sweeping assumption that if people survive the overdose they’re okay,” said Tara Gomes, a scientist at St. Michael’s who was one of the authors of the Ontario study on infections. “It’s not enough just to think the overdose is reversed and they’re just back to where they were before.”

December 11, 2021 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Pharmaceutical costs are soaring due to innovative but pricey new drugs

We are likely entering a golden era of drug innovation, with the rise of new drug development technologies and biologics, states Mina Tadrous, Tara Gomes and Michael Law in this op-ed.

December 2, 2021 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Opioid deaths doubled among First Nations people in Ontario amid pandemic, report says

The number of First Nations people who died from opioid-related deaths in Ontario more than doubled during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s one of the key findings of a report released by the Chiefs of Ontario and the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network on Friday.

November 26, 2021 | Global News | News Article | Associated Research

Use of Ritalin, other stimulants can raise heart risks for older adults

ADHD medications are increasingly being prescribed to older adults, and they may cause a short-term spike in the risk of heart attack, stroke and arrhythmias, a large new study suggests.

November 2, 2021 | U.S. News | News Article | Associated Research

Opioid crisis escalating; advocates press governments to act

“We need urgent action from all levels of government. There is a need for local, provincial and federal governments to work together on this,” said Dr. Tara Gomes, a Toronto epidemiologist and the lead principal investigator of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.

August 20, 2021 | The Intelligencer | News Article

Six Ontarians died every day from opioid overdoses at start of pandemic: study

A new study examining the impact of the ongoing opioid crisis in Ontario has found that, on average, six people a day died from opioid overdoses during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 26, 2021 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research

Fatal opioid overdoses in Ontario surge during pandemic: report

Ontario’s opioid crisis has worsened dramatically during the pandemic, with the homeless population and those who were unemployed accounting for a significant portion of fatal overdoses, a new report has found.

May 19, 2021 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research

The use of benzodiazepines, prescribed for sleep and anxiety disorders, has declined in Ontario but risen for young women, study says

While overall prescriptions for benzodiazepines in Ontario fell 13 per cent between 2013 and 2019, the report revealed prescriptions for women aged 19 to 24 have risen by 30 per cent in that same timeframe

April 29, 2021 | Toronto Star | News Article | Associated Research

Opioid-related deaths in Ontario up among younger men during pandemic, report says

In Ontario, the report says, 695 people died of confirmed or suspected opioid-related causes in the first three-and-a-half months of the pandemic, an increase of 38 per cent compared to the same period of time before the pandemic began.

November 10, 2020 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research

While we are aware of shifting drug utilization patterns, the extent and effect on patients and health system costs in Canada remains unexplored. We have no idea how many people are affected by drug shortages in Canada.

October 19, 2020 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Ontario family doctors warn early supply drying up as they see surge in demand for flu shot

The data shows a 21 per cent jump in demand for flu shots in the 2019-20 season, which overlapped with the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as compared to the year before. “We feel it’s probably predicting what we’ll see in the second wave — the demand in pharmacies and clinics,” said Mina Tadrous, a scientist at Women’s College Hospital and an investigator with ODPRN.

October 15, 2020 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research

Drop in London naloxone distribution during pandemic raises concerns

“Gomes said more needs to be done to reduce the stigma of not just drug addiction, but having a life-saving antidote capable of counteracting their effects. She said it starts with pharmacies, noting that just over half of the pharmacies actually dispense a drug that’s supposed to be free.”

September 14, 2020 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research

Clinical education intervention does not reduce antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes

“Academic detailing in nursing homes may not be an effective intervention to reduce antipsychotic prescribing in an environment where standard quality improvement supports are working,” Mina Tadrous, PharmD, MS, PhD, of [ICES] in Toronto, told Healio Psychiatry. “This study took place at a time when nursing homes were already receiving extensive audit and feedback and there was large media/public attention on the issue.”

June 12, 2020 | Healio | News Article | Associated Research

Drug supply chain could still be interrupted because of COVID-19

“We don’t have any deep understanding of the drug supply across this country … It’s a national issue that we should be all teaming up and trying to do together.”

May 5, 2020 | CBC News | News Article Associated Research

Coronavirus a ‘wake-up call’ for Canada’s prescription drug supply

Mina Tadrous is a pharmacist and researcher in Toronto who monitors pharmaceutical supplies. He said pharmacists are concerned about drugs such as life-saving inhalers that people might stockpile based on misinformation circulating about potential treatments for COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research

What is the impact of an opioid prescribing guideline for dentists in Ontario?

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario introduced a new dental opioid prescribing guideline in November 2015. The [ODPRN] examined whether introduction of this guideline was associated with changes in opioid prescribing patterns.

January 15, 2020 | CDA Oasis | News Article | Associated Research

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