Opioid Overdose Prevention

Opioid Overdose Prevention

Opioids are a group of drugs that are used to reduce or manage pain. They can be prescribed by doctors to help treat pain by acting on specific nerve cells of the spinal cord and brain.

Opioids affect the part of the brain that controls breathing. Taking opioids in high doses can cause you to stop breathing, leading to unconsciousness and even death.

Common types of opioids include oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl, and codeine.

The Government of Canada has more information on opioids and opioid overdose: