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In the week following any hospital visit for an overdose, only 1 in 18 people with opioid use disorder begin a treatment known to be highly effective in reducing illness and deaths, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a major public health issue, with an almost threefold increase in opioid-related emergency department visits between 2016 and 2021 in Ontario and a 32% increase in related hospitalizations in Canada.

Opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is highly effective at reducing illness and deaths in patients with OUD.

Using data from ICES, researchers looked at trends in OAT initiation rates for 20 702 emergency department visits and inpatient hospital admissions for opioid toxicity between January 2013 and March 2020. The median age of patients was 35 years, 65% were male and 90% lived in urban areas. Of the total visits, 29% were from patients who had previously visited hospital for opioid overdoses, and 24% had been dispensed OAT in the last year.

A stark reality emerges from a recent study, revealing that only 1 in 18 individuals grappling with opioid use disorder receives effective treatment following an overdose. This alarming statistic underscores the urgent need for comprehensive and accessible support systems to combat the opioid crisis.

At RehabNear.Me, we understand the profound impact of opioid addiction on individuals and their families. Our mission is to break the cycle of addiction by offering effective and compassionate treatment options. We advocate for a holistic approach that addresses the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of opioid use disorder.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, RehabNear.Me is here to help. Call 855-339-1112 to connect with our experienced team, dedicated to providing personalized and evidence-based treatment for a brighter and healthier future.

Take the first step towards recovery. Call RehabNear.Me at 855-339-1112 today. Our compassionate team is ready to guide you or your loved one on the path to lasting recovery and renewed hope.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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