In The News

Click on the links below to view the latest news stories from leading media outlets highlighting ODPRN research and scientists.

Overactive bladder drug may not increase risk for CV events

Patients with overactive bladder who were dispensed mirabegron did not have an increased risk for cardiovascular events compared with other treatments, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

July 15, 2019 | Cardiology Today | News Article | Associated Research

Nearly 400 people in Ontario died of opioid overdose last summer, says province

Meanwhile, a new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network looked at 1,337 opioid-related deaths in the province from July 2017 to June 2018.

June 17, 2019 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research

London area ranks third in province for naloxone distribution rate

Of the 147,303 publicly funded naloxone kits distributed across the province between July 2017 and June 2018, 8,657 were handed out in the Middlesex-London Health Unit coverage area — a rate of 1,813 per 100,000 people — a new study by the ODPRN says.

June 5, 2019 | The London Free Press | News Article | Associated Research

Three research teams at St. Michael’s to receive federal funding to address the opioid crisis

Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was at St. Michael’s Hospital on Wednesday morning to announce $10.7 million in funding to support a number of new initiatives focused on addressing Canada’s opioid crisis.

May 15, 2019 | St. Michael’s Hospital | News Article | Associated Research

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 ODPRN of St. Michael’s Hospital found that the introduction of opioid-related policies had unintended consequences for people who take opioids.

February 7, 2019 | St. Michael’s Hospital | News Article | Associated Research

Timing of methadone treatment for pregnant women does not increase health risks: study

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.

October 31, 2018 | St. Michael’s Hospital | News Article | Associated Research

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.

September 25, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Multimedia project Opioid Chapters highlights stories behind opioid statistics

A new multimedia project, titled the Opioid Chapters, delves beyond the data to share the personal experiences of those affected by the crisis.

September 6, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Prescriptions led to 1 in 3 opioid deaths in Ontario in 2016, study says

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.

August 29, 2018 | CBC News | News Article | Associated Research

Anticonvulsant with opioids tied to higher mortality

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.

August 21, 2018 | Medpage Today | News Article | Associated Research

Monitoring opioid prescriptions across Ontario

Scientists at the ODPRN 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.

July 4, 2018 | St. Michael’s Hospital | News Article | Associated Research

Better outcomes for patients using single-pill combination for blood pressure

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.

June 11, 2018 | Medical Xpress | News Article | Associated Research

Opioids Are now responsible for 1 in 5 deaths among young adults

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.

June 1, 2018 | Time Magazine | News Article | Associated Research

Nearly a quarter of Ontario opioid prescriptions exceeded guidelines: 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.

May 16, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

Opioids account for 1 in 6 deaths among young people in Ontario: study

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.

April 26, 2018 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research

Use of ‘catastrophic’ drug plan surges in Ontario, study says

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.

March 26, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | News Article | Associated Research

ER exceeding opioid prescription guide: report

A new study from Mount Sinai hospital suggests that emergency departments may be helping to fuel Canada’s opiate crisis.

March 12, 2018 | CTV News | News Article | Associated Research

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