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Prenatal opioid use in Ontario: Overview of current research and clinical recommendations

What: Online, Webinar
When: April 18
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The opioid crisis is a significant public health issue, and rates of prenatal opioid use have increased dramatically over the last two decades. This webinar will present the latest research on the epidemiology of prenatal opioid use in Ontario, including the prevalence of opioid use in pregnancy, identification of subgroups most likely to experience prenatal opioid use, and associated maternal and child health outcomes. The webinar will also provide a clinical perspective on how to support families experiencing prenatal opioid use through screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment. This practice-oriented webinar is designed to support those working with families to address their health care needs.

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Dr. Alice Ordean

Dr. Alice Ordean is an Active Staff Family Physician and Medical Director of the Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy (T-CUP) at St. Joseph’s Health Centre at Unity Health Toronto and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Ordean’s clinical and academic interests relate to identification and management of perinatal substance use disorders. She has been a principal investigator in several research and knowledge translation projects including the development of a comprehensive reference guide for health care providers. She has also contributed to guidelines on the management of perinatal opioid, cannabis and nicotine use disorders.

Andi Camden, PhD MPH

Andi Camden is a Postdoctoral Fellow and epidemiologist who specializes in maternal and child health. Dr. Camden’s research leverages health administrative data to investigate medication use (including opioids) in pregnancy, among people with and without disabilities, and maternal and child health outcomes. She holds a PhD in Public Health Sciences in Epidemiology and an MPH in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is currently affiliated with the Department of Health & Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough, ICES, and the Leong Centre for Healthy Children at SickKids.