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National Addictions Awareness Week, Nov. 18–25

Nov 19, 2013
Did you know if you live in Ontario, you are more likely to die of a prescription painkiller overdose than in a motor vehicle collision? (Ontario Coroner, 2011)

 

 

Produced in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

 

SIMCOE MUSKOKA - Did you know if you live in Ontario, you are more likely to die of a prescription painkiller overdose than in a motor vehicle collision? (Ontario Coroner, 2011)

People who die of an overdose can include those who have been prescribed the medication by their doctor; those who have not been prescribed the medication; and/or those who are addicted or dependent on them.

Ontario has the highest rate of prescription opioid use in Canada. This is not an isolated problem…this is a problem that is having a devastating impact on our whole community.

Sixty-seven per cent of youth who use prescription medication to get high say they get the drugs from home.

Clean out your medicine. Take your medications to your pharmacy for free, safe disposal.

We see what we want to see. See that we have a serious issue.

To get help for yourself or someone you care about, call 1-800-565-8603 or go to www.connexontario.ca. Many services are free and help is available.

Brought to you by the Addictions Awareness Committee of Simcoe Muskoka:

  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch
  • Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Part of the Simcoe Muskoka Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy.

 

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