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Date(s) - 15/09/2015
1:00 am - 12:00 pm

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camh & eent

Opioid Use in Ontario: Evidence for Change


Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Webinar

Cost: Free

To register please click here 

Event Details

The Opioid Resource Hub and EENet are pleased to host the webinar “Opioid Use in Ontario: Evidence for Change”.

Canada and the United States lead all nations in opioid consumption. Canadian prescription opioid sales continue to rise alongside overdose fatalities; in Ontario, one opioid-related overdose occurred every 14 hours in 2013.


In this webinar you will learn about:

  • key trends in prescription opioid use, misuse, treatment and overdose;
  • evidence supporting key recommendations to improve opioid safety and reduce fatalities due to accidental overdose contained in the Prescription for Life report (available here).



Who should attend: 

Public health and health promotion professionals, policymakers, educators and education administrators, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and individuals working or volunteering in community settings.



About the presenters:

Daniel Elliot joined the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System (DATIS) team at teh Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2007. In his time with DATIS, he worked as an analyst, coordinator and, currently as the Operations Manager. In collaboration with his sixteen DATIS colleagues, Dan helps support the ongoing development of the provincial addictions client management system, Catalyst, which is in use by over 170 community addictions treatment service providers in Ontario. Catalyst provide the addictions treatment sector with tools for treatment of Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling and the use of in turn generates high quality information that the service providers, funders and stakeholders utilize for research, policy development and system improvements.

In 2015, Dan and his colleagues were awarded the contract to develop the Provincial Harm Reductions Service Utilization database to track IDU, HIV outreach and Hepatitis C services provided by Ontario’s Public Health Units and their allied service providers. In conjunction with the Harm Reductions System the DATIS is working  to build the replacement of the current Catalyst system, with a new eHealth integrated Electronic Medical Record System.


Michael Parkinson works with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, a national model for crime prevention through social development. Part of his portfolio includes systems design and collaboration to prevent and/or reduce the problematic use of alcohol, prescription medications and illegal substances via the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy.  Michael is affiliated with the Municipal Drug Strategy Coordinators Network of Ontario (MDSCNO) which was co-founded in Waterloo region in 2008 to improve community health and safety through efforts in prevention, harm reduction, recovery and enforcement/justice. Today the MDSCNO has membership across more than 155 municipalities and First Nations in Ontario.



About Opioid Resource Hub:

The Opioid Resource Hub (formerly known as OpiATE) is located within the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Opioid Resource Hub provides face-to-face education and training along with online training, webinars and dissemination of resources. The Hub engages people with lived experience to share their voice along with primary care professionals, allied service providers, families and youth.



About Evidence Exchange Network:

The Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) connects mental health and addictions stakeholders across Ontario. The network promotes the use of evidence in decision making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges. For more information visit