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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

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 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.