Heavy Opioid Prescribing In Ontario

New figures from Health Quality Ontario suggest 14 per cent of Ontario’s population — or nearly two-million people — filled
prescriptions for opioids over the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

 
In total, the provincial agency says more than nine-million prescriptions for the powerful painkillers were filled between April
1st, 2015, and March 31st, 2016.

 
That’s 450-thousand prescriptions more than during the same period three years earlier — and came despite efforts to curb
what’s been called a national epidemic of overuse.

 
The agency’s president and C-E-O Dr. Joshua Tepper says along with the spike in prescriptions, there was also a trend toward
doctors choosing more potent versions of the drugs.

 

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