This week, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) launched a “Secure Your Meds” campaign to raise awareness about prescription opioid misuse by people who use prescription drugs non-medically.
This campaign is a collaboration with the Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force, the Health Products Stewardship Association and Drug Free Kids Canada.
As part of the launch, OPH has launched www.DrugDropOffOttawa.ca, a web tool useful for providing information for all parents to reduce the risk of kids taking and using their prescription drugs.
13% of Ottawa high school students used prescription drugs non-medically and two-thirds of students got the drug from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with.
Prescription opioids are misused more than most illegal drugs in Ottawa, and were involved in about 45% of drug overdose deaths between 2009 and 2011. Fentanyl, for the first time in 2014, was the leading cause of death due to unintentional opioid overdose death in Ottawa.
If you need to have prescription drugs at home, lock them up and check regularly for missing medication. Watch for missing medication and return unused medications to your pharmacy or at a pharmacy participating in the Ontario Medication Return Program.
For more information including a searchable map of where to drop off unused or expired medications, please visit www.DrugDropOffOttawa.ca.