Prescription Opioids (e.g Fentanyl, Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine)
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A Warning About Fentanyl
As more and more overdose deaths are being reported from Fentanyl across the country, we feel it is important to bring special attention to this issue.
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)
Opioids 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.
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.
It’s Your Health – Health Canada Resources (PDF)
- The Issue
- Side Effects of Opioid Pain Medications
- Potential for Abuse and Addiction
- Other Safety Concerns
- Minimizing Your Risk
- Health Canada’s Role
- Need More Info?
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%).