Health officials monitoring highly addictive drug prescriptions

Published on February 10, 2014
Trends in opioid tablet prescriptions on P.E.I.
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The P.E.I. government is now monitoring a list of the most highly addictive, commonly prescribed drugs to identify instances of misuse and help curb prescription drug abuse in the province.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF MONITORED DRUGS

These are all commonly prescribed drugs needed for legitimate medical conditions but can end up being sold and abused.

The monitoring and reporting of drugs under the Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act is part of the  actions announced to address concerns of rising prescription drug abuse.

The Island has seen an increase of almost 18 per cent in opioid-based prescriptions and a 47 per cent increase in stimulant prescriptions in the 2009 to 2012 period alone.

The list of monitored drug prescriptions includes:

• Oxycodone (e.g.: Percocet, Endocet, Oxycocet, Oxy-IR, OxyNEO, Supeudol, Oxycontin, Targin) – Common street names include: “Percs,” “Ps,” “Coffee,” “Oxy,” “Cotton.”

• Codeine (e.g.: Codeine Contin, Tylenol with Codeine, Tylenol #2, Tylenol #3, Tylenol #4, Lenoltec, Atasol) – Common street names include “T3s,” “Schoolboy,” “Captain Cody,” “Cody.”

• Hydromorphone (e.g.: Dilaudid, Hydromorph Contin, Jurnista) – Common street names include: “Beads,” “Caps,” “Big Reds,” “Ds,” “Friend.”

• Morphine (e.g.: MOS, Statex, MS-IR, MS Contin, Kadian, M-Eslon) – Common street names include: “Dreamer,” “First line,” “Miss Emma,” “Morf,” “Unkie.”

• Fentanyl (e.g.: Duragesic, Duragesic MAT) – Common street names include: “apache,” “Dance fever,” “TNT,” “Goodfellas,” “Jackpot.”