Prescription Opioids (e.g Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)

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What are Prescription Opioids?

(Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH)

Street names: M, morph, (for morphine); meth (for methadone); percs (for Percodan, Percocet); juice (for Dilaudid)

camh-logo_sqOpioids are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects. The primary medical use for prescription opioids is to relieve pain. Some people use opioids for their ability to produce a mellow, relaxed “high.” Federal laws regulate the possession and distribution of all opioids.

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What is Opioid Addiction?

Opioids are an effective medication when used as prescribed, but they carry a risk of addiction because of their powerful effects.

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Prescription Opioids (e.g Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)
Prescription Opioids (e.g Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)
Prescription Opioids (e.g Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)

Opioid Pain Medications

It’s Your Health – Health Canada Resources (PDF)

  • The Issue
  • Background
  • Side Effects of Opioid Pain Medications
  • Potential for Abuse and Addiction
  • Other Safety Concerns
  • Minimizing Your Risk
  • Health Canada’s Role
  • Need More Info?

Opioid Pain Medications

Opioid Pain Medications Frequently Asked Questions

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Tweens and Prescription Drugs

  • According to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (CAMH, 2011), 14% of students in grades 7 to 12 say they have used prescription pain medication (opioids) without a doctor’s prescription in the last year.
  • 67% of students say that they got the medication from home (CAMH, 2011) so it is important for parents to clean out their medicine cabinet.
  • The most common substances used by Halton grade 7 students in 2012 were high-caffeine energy drinks (33%), alcohol (11%), non-medical use of prescription pain relievers (7%), marijuana (1%), and cigarettes (<1%).

Substance Use/Misuse – Children/Tweens

HEDS Resources – Prescription Opioids

 

Prescription Opioids (e.g Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)