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New Resources--Opioid-Related Education Materials, CAMH

About Percs, Oxys and Other Pain Pills
Illustrations by Craig Terlson, Produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
http://http://knowledgex.camh.net/amhspecialists/resources_families/Docu...

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
http://knowledgex.camh.net/amhspecialists/resources_families/Documents/YouthandMisuse%20E.pdf

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 parents’ 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 people’s 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.