About Percs, Oxys and Other Pain Pills
Illustrations by Craig Terlson, Produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Sixth in the popular About series, this full-colour publication, written and illustrated in a fold-out tabloid style, uses a humorous approach to deliver a serious message to teens. Chock full of interesting cartoon illustrations and informative facts, About Percs, Oxys and Other Pain Pills covers:
- what prescription opioids are
- statistics about teen use
- the short and long-term effects of use
- the sensations and dangers associated with use
- street names
- legal penalties
- health and financial concerns
- signs of overdose and steps for what to do
- how to get help
- how to reduce the risks.
Youth and Prescription Painkillers: What Parents Need to Know (A brochure for parents and caregivers)
The CAMH Opioid Awareness Treatment and Education (OpiATE) Project
This reader-friendly brochure was created to provide parents and other caregivers with the knowledge they need to speak to young people about prescription painkillers. More than two-thirds of students using prescription painkillers non-medically obtain them from home, so parentsâ awareness is critical. As well as answering common questions about prescription painkillers, the brochure gives direction on what to do if they suspect a problem, and includes resources for further help. It also:
- explains opioid-based prescription painkillers
- discusses young peopleâs use of prescription painkillers
- gives tips on identifying non-medical opioid use
- provides resources to help address non-medical opioid use
- describes how to recognize an overdose
The brochure is intended as an informational accompaniment to all prescribed painkillers that will enter a home environment. It will be an important educational resource for physicians, dentists, dental surgeons and others who prescribe painkillers, along with pharmacists.
This product was created through a partnership between CAMH and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario College of Pharmacists, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.