The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network will be hosting a webinar on the application of the Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool for policy and practice. The intended audience for this webinar is anyone engaged in work related to opioids at the Public Health Unit, LHIN, or provincial level.
Presented by: Dr. Tara Gomes, Principal Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.
Monitoring trends and patterns of opioid prescriptions and the associated risks has become a provincial and national priority. The Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool allows public access to data related to indicators for opioid prescribing in the province from 2012 onwards using data from the Narcotics Monitoring System (NMS) housed at ICES. This data captures all opioid prescriptions dispensed in retail pharmacies across Ontario. The tool also includes information on pharmacy-dispensed naloxone, a program introduced in June 2016 in the province, using data from the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program.
This tool, which was made to complement Public Health Ontario’s interactive tool on opioid-related harms, 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 is available for download.
The objectives of this webinar are to:
- Outline the opioid-related indicators included within the tool
- Describe some of the methodological approaches, strengths and limitations of the data
- Provide a walk-through demonstration of the tool, including how to find and interpret information, and how to download the data
- Allow opportunities for feedback, questions and discussion on the usability of the tool