Painkillers kill more than pain

Painkillers kill more than pain

The campaign:  

Campaign goals are to:

  • Increase public awareness of prescription painkiller addiction
  • Provide educational resources to schools, students, parents and community groups
  • Connect those in need with appropriate treatment resources

Ways you, as a healthcare provider, can help:

  • Incorporate screening for any type of substance abuse, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, into routine history taking
  • Look for increases in the amount of a medication and requests for refills before prescribing
  • Tylenol & NSAIDs may be the appropriate first line medication to prescribe; If more powerful medication is indicated, consider prescribing smaller amounts and fewer refills
  • Encourage patients to lock their medicine cabinets to prevent others from accessing their medications
  • Encourage patients to properly dispose of unused medications

The next free drug drop off event is on October 26, 2013. 

Please hang the enclosed flyer in your offices and distribute to patients.

I-STOP/PMP (Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing/Prescription Monitoring Program)

  • Effective August 27, 2013, most prescribers are required to consult the PMP Registry when writing prescriptions for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances
  • All users must access the PMP Registry through the Department of Health's secure Health Commerce System ("HCS")
  • For more info go to

Treatment resource:

Call 1-855-969-HOPE for information and access to substance abuse services including:

  • Free online & phone consultation for concerned family members and friends regarding substance abuse
  • Individual drug and alcohol counseling
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Residential treatment services
  • Programs specially designed for specific populations
  • Family counseling
  • Vocational and housing support

Additional resources

Previous Fast Facts can be found at       



Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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