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DSECT/DSEN Monthly Seminar Series - Sep 24 2020 - Wasem Alsabbagh

“The opiod epidemic in Canada-using administrative databases from 2000 and 2017”


Presented by

Dr. Wasem Alsabbagh

Assistant Professor

School of Pharmacy

Thursday, September 24, 2020 3- 4pm EST





Available assessments of opioid-related mortality and morbidity are dependent on provincial databases, while national assessments generally do not provide information before 2016. Administrative databases can be used to examine national time trends in opioid-related mortality and trends in opioid-related hospitalization and emergency department visits. In addition, opioid prescribing rates can be examined. We found that opioid mortality rate increased 8 times between 2000 and 2017. The highest increase was from 2015 to 2016. Opioid hospitalizations and emergency department visits doubled from 2000 to 2012. Case-fatality was overall 2.3% and was mainly constant over the study period


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the possibility of using administrative databases to examine opiod related mortality and other clinical outcomes. 
  2. Identify the national trends of opiod-related mortality (from 2000 to 2017), for mobidity (from 2000 and 2012), case-fatalities (from 2000 to 2012) and rates of 90- and 365 day all-cause mortality and opiod-related rehospitilizations (from 2000 to 2011).
  3. Identify the national trends of opiods dispensations among public drug plan beneficiaries. 

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