Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool: A How-To Guide for Policy and Practice
2019-02-19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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.