Opioids are a group of prescription drugs used to treat pain conditions; however the efficacy and safety of their use in treating chronic non-cancer pain has been widely questioned due to a lack of long-term studies, the availability of various opioid types and potencies on the market, and uncertainty on appropriate dosing. Given that Canada and the United States have the highest per capita consumption of opioids worldwide, this area required further evidence.
The ODPRN has conducted several population-based studies on the safe and appropriate use of opioids in Ontario by investigating the overall trends and geographic variation in opioid prescribing and related deaths, and the impact of policy and education interventions on important patient outcomes.
The Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool allows public access to data related to indicators for opioid prescribing in the province. The tool is interactive and the graphs and maps are adjustable to present patterns in the distribution of these indicators by age, sex, LHIN and PHU. All data displayed on the tool are available for download.
The following has been updated on the tool based on feedback from knowledge users: Two new indicators (pharmacy-dispensed naloxone and opioid agonist therapy prescribers, by treatment), monthly data from January-March 2018 for all other indicators, and a modified layout of the Age and Sex tab.Access the Tool