Real-time prescription monitoring an opportunity to prevent medication harms in Frankston

Real-time prescription monitoring an opportunity to prevent medication harms in Frankston

MEDIA RELEASE

24 April 2019

 

Real-time prescription monitoring an opportunity to prevent

medication harms in Frankston

 

Not-for-profit organisation ScriptWise is encouraging community members to attend a forum on preventing medication harms at 6pm on Tuesday May 7 at St Francis Xavier Centre.

 

The event is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the recently introduced prescription monitoring system, SafeScript, and hear from local health professionals about how to reduce medication harms in Frankston.

 

About 86 percent of all overdose deaths in Frankston between 2009-2015 involved prescription medications.[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]

 

Local GP Dr Robert Weiss urges community members to attend the event to talk about avoiding unintended side-effects of medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines.

 

”This issue often flies under the radar because people don’t realise that long-term use of these medications can lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction”, said Dr Weiss.

 

“SafeScript is simply another tool that doctors can use to start a conversation with patients if it appears they are at risk due to their medication use.”

 

”I encourage community members to come along if they have any questions or concerns about the use of these medications, as the good news is, there are alternative treatments we’ll talk about for long-term pain, anxiety and sleep problems.”

 

Community members will also have the opportunity to hear from someone with lived experience of prescription medication dependence and ask any burning questions of a panel of local experts.

 

EVENT DETAILS

 

When: 7 May 2019, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Where: St Francis Xavier Centre, 60 Davey Street, Frankston

RSVP: https://safescriptcomestofrankston.eventbrite.com.au/ or register at the door

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.

 

This event is being held as part of ScriptWise’s One Too Many initiative, which was launched in support of the introduction of the Victorian government’s 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 introduced 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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