Ontario Opioid Prescriptions At Record Highs

A new report says almost two million people in Ontario — about 14 percent of the province’s population — filled prescriptions for opioids in the year ending March 31st, 2016.The report by Health Quality Ontario found that more than nine-million prescriptions for the powerful painkillers were filled during that period, which is the most recent fiscal year for which data is available. That’s 450-thousand prescriptions more than were filled over the same period three years earlier. Doctor Joshua Tepper — the president and C-E-O of the provincial agency — says the increase comes despite public awareness of the danger of opioids. One-third of people 18 and younger are getting ongoing prescriptions, while 80 per cent of people aged 45 to 64 are also getting repeat prescriptions. That ratio widens even more for people 65 and older. (Broadcast News)

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