Free Local Forums on Pharmaceutical Drug Dangers

Free Local Forums on Pharmaceutical Drug Dangers

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FREE LOCAL FORUMS ON PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG DANGERS

 

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is encouraging workplace and community leaders, and health professionals across Gippsland to attend free upcoming local forums on the dangers of misusing pharmaceuticals.

 

With hundreds of Victorians dying from pharmaceutical-related overdoses in 2016 alone, it’s critical that communities have more informed conversations around prescription drug use.

 

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will be hosting two forums in Sale on Tuesday 15 May.

 

  10am – 11.30am: Forum for workplace and community leaders

  1pm – 2.30pm: Forum for primary health networks and pharmacy professionals, GPs and other health specialists

 

The ADF’s Workplace Services Manager Natasha Jager will lead the first discussion, which is on the impacts of pharmaceutical misuse in the workplace and how organisations can support employees to reduce workplace risk.

 

“Pharmaceutical misuse can not only impact on workplace safety, but it can also affect productivity and morale. Many workplaces are only concerned about illegal drugs, when in fact, pharmaceutical misuse is a much greater problem,” Ms Jager said.

 

The second forum will be hosted by the ADF’s Policy Manager Geoff Munro, who will discuss the challenges faced by health professionals, asking for their insights and concerns. Mr Munro will also talk about the new SafeScript initiative, which is designed to reduce the misuse of prescribed pharmaceuticals.

“It’s really important that all Australians know that prescription drugs can be harmful and even fatal when misused,” Mr Munro said.

 

“Regional areas have higher rates of prescription drug misuse than metropolitan areas. Having more discussions around the issue will help reduce associated harms, including dependencies and deaths,” Mr Munro added.

 

All forum attendees will receive a free kit they can take back to their workplaces or organisations to extend the conversation around prescription drug misuse.The kit will include information posters, booklets and videos.

 

Event tickets are limited and online registrations are essential in securing a spot. For more details or to register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/15-may-pharmaceutical-misuse-what-you-need-to-know-tickets-45048623646

 

ENDS

 

Interviews with Natasha Jager and Geoff Munro are available on request. For any media enquiries, please contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Media Manager Carmel Green on 0430 948 380.

 

About the Alcohol and Drug Foundation: Celebrating almost 60 years of service to the community, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading bodies committed to preventing alcohol and other drug harms in communities around the nation. The Foundation reaches millions of Australians in local communities through sporting clubs, workplaces, health care settings and schools, offering educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities.

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