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Public Service Announcement

Addictions Awareness Week: prescription painkiller overdose

Nov 20, 2014
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?

This release produced in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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?

Victims include people using these medications as prescribed; those experimenting; and 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.

Clean Out Your Expired and Unused Medications

Take your medications to your pharmacy for free, safe disposal.

Sixty-seven per cent of our youth who use prescription medication to get high say they get the drugs from home. To reduce the risk, take your expired and unused medications to your pharmacy for free, safe disposal.

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

To get help for you 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 (www.rvh.on.ca)         

Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (www.osmh.on.ca)

Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch (www.cmha.ca/branch_locations/simcoe-county-branch)

Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound (www.aomps.com)

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (www.smdhu.org)

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (www.waypointcentre.ca)

Part of the Simcoe Muskoka Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy.

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