Opioids

Narcotics, or opioids, are often used to treat pain, including pain associated with work injuries. Yet, abuse of these painkillers has resulted in such a large increase in hospitalizations and deaths that the situation is called an “opioid epidemic.” IWH research looks at optimal opioid prescribing practices for physicians, as well as the use and effects of opioids related to the treatment of work-related injuries in particular.

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IWH study finds 7 in 10 injured workers still experience pain more than a year after injury

A high proportion of injured workers in Ontario experience persistent pain for well over a year after their work-related injury. According to an IWH study of workers' compensation lost-time claimants, 70 per cent of workers experience pain 18 months after their work injury.
Published: September 30, 2022
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Overdose and substance-related mortality after release from prison in Washington State: 2014-2019

Published: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, October 2022
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IWH study finds 7 in 10 injured workers still experience pain more than a year after injury

A high proportion of injured workers in Ontario experience persistent pain for well over a year after their work-related injury. According to an IWH study of workers' compensation lost-time claimants, 70 per cent of workers experience pain 18 months after their work injury.
Published: September 2022
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Opioid utilization and management in the setting of stewardship during inpatient rehab care

Published: Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety, September 2022
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IWH, OCRC project delves into role of employment in opioid crisis

The number of people who die or who are being hospitalized due to opioids continues to rise, prompting the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) to launch a research project monitoring opioid-related adverse health events in order to identify the worker groups most at risk. Angela Gismondi reports.
Published: Daily Commercial News, August 2022
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Opioid safety recommendations in adult palliative medicine: a North American Delphi expert consensus

Published: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, January 2022
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Assessment tools for problematic opioid use in palliative care: a scoping review

Published: Palliative Medicine, May 2021
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