Community event in Harmony Square to talk preventing medication harms

Community event in Harmony Square to talk preventing medication harms

MEDIA RELEASE

7 May 2019

 

Community event in Harmony Square to talk preventing medication harms

 

Community members are encouraged to come by Harmony Square in Dandenong on Tuesday 14th of May from 11.30am for a special screening ScriptWise’s short documentary on preventing medication harms with the introduction of the real-time prescription monitoring system, SafeScript.

 

Event attendees will have the opportunity to speak with local experts, ask any burning questions about SafeScript and medication concerns and enjoy the documentary on the big screen.

 

About three-quarters of all overdose deaths in Greater Dandenong involved prescription medications between 2009-2015.[i]

 

SafeScript will give relevant health professionals access to their patients’ prescription history of certain high-risk medications such as opioids and sedative medications.

 

In six months during its study period, the system has helped health professionals identify around 4,500 patients at risk of harm of overdose from visiting multiple clinics or pharmacies in Western Victoria.[ii]

 

ScriptWise spokesperson Megan Newcomb says that SafeScript is an important opportunity for people to learn more about the best treatments for managing ongoing pain, anxiety and sleep issues.

 

“We’ve seen that over the past ten years, people in Dandenong are being more and more affected by the use of medications which can be addictive such as opioids and sleeping tablets,” said Ms Newcomb.

 

“Someone may start taking these medications to manage a severe injury or to get rest during a stressful time, but don’t realise if they continue using them, they are more likely to experience unwanted side-effects.”

 

“We hear a lot about the opioid epidemic in the US, but this is an something that is happening here in our communities too but we do have the tools to start addressing it.”

 

“If you’re concerned about your or a family member’s medication use, or want to know more about SafeScript, I encourage you to come by Harmony Square on May 14,” said Ms Newcomb.

 

EVENT DETAILS

 

When: From 11:30am, Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Where: Harmony Square

What: The opportunity to watch a special screening of One Too Many, a short documentary about medication harms and the role of SafeScript.

 

If you are concerned about your use of prescription medicines phone the SafeScript Pharmaceutical Helpline: 1800 737 233

 

ENDS

 

For further information, high-resolution images, or interviews please contact: Lara Beissbarth, m: 0425 872 744 / e: lara@scriptwise.org.au

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

ABOUT SCRIPTWISE

 

ScriptWise is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing prescription medication related harms through raising awareness, engagement and advocacy.

 

ScriptWise’s One Too Many initiative is being launched in support of the Victorian government’s implementation of its real-time prescription monitoring system, SafeScript.

 

ScriptWise’s One Too Many community initiative is dedicated to:

+ Raising awareness about the risks associated with long-term use of prescription opioids such as opioids or benzodiazepines

+ Ensuring Victorians understand the role and importance of SafeScript in saving lives across the State

+ Promoting preventative strategies and activities within communities

 

To find out more please visit: https://www.scriptwise.org.au/one-too-many

 

ABOUT SAFESCRIPT

 

SafeScript is a real-time prescription monitoring system the Victorian Government implemented in April 2019. SafeScript aims to reduce the growing harms, including deaths, from certain high-risk prescription medicines such as opioids and benzodiazepines.

 

For more information visit: https://www.safescript.vic.gov.au/

 

[i] Coroners Prevention Unit, ‘Coroners Prevention Unit Data Summary. Victorian overdose deaths 2009-2015’, 16 March 2016

[ii] Minister for Health, ‘SafeScript Rolls Out Statewide to Save More Lives’. Accessed April 2019: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/safescript-rolls-out-statewide-to-save-more-lives/

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