Rotary Community Forum Addresses Prescription Medication Harms

Rotary Community Forum Addresses Prescription Medication Harms

9 MAY 2018


Rotary Community Forum Addresses Prescription Medication Harms


On May 14, Warrnambool Rotary Clubs will host a free community forum to prevent harms due to prescription medications at the Buckley’s Mid City Motel.


The forum is being held as part of ScriptWise’s inaugural National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week from May 14-18 to raise awareness about the risks associated with using medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines.


In Victoria more people die due to prescription medication related overdose than either illicit drug overdose or the road toll.


According to Victorian Coroners’ data, between 2009 and 2015 approximately 75 percent (9 in 12) of overdose deaths in Warrnambool involved pharmaceutical medications.


Rotary Club of Warrnambool East president Mark Taylor said a Rotary District Conference had opened the eyes of local Rotary group members to the magnitude of the problem locally.


“This forum is a chance for community to respond to the problem and know what action they can take as an individual or as part of a group to make a difference in our community, in Victoria and across Australia,” said Mr Taylor.


“As community members we all have our own circles, and we need to raise awareness about the risks associated with using these medications within our circle of friends. It can make a huge difference and help prevent more devastation,” he added.


ScriptWise panellist at the forum Megan Newcomb says it is great to see local community groups take action to prevent prescription medication harms during ScriptWise’s awareness week, but that they deserve more support from the federal government.


“Better education and support for community members and health professionals is urgently needed to address the underlying causes of this issue,” Ms Newcomb said.


“We need a national public awareness campaign to increase health literacy and ensure community members know the risks associated with using potentially addictive medications, particularly when used in combination.”





When: 14 May 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Where: Buckley’s Mid City Motel, 525 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool


Event organisers encourage interested members of the Warrnambool Community to attend.  Please contact forum organiser Jan Read if would like to attend or want further information at


For further information, high-resolution images, or interviews please contact: Lara Beissbarth, m: 0425 872 744 / e:








ScriptWise is pleased to introduce our inaugural National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week May 14-18. This Week aims to:

+ raise awareness in local communities about potential harms associated with prescription medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines

+ promote existing prevention efforts across Australia, and

+ advocate for a government-funded national public awareness campaign


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ScriptWise is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preventing the harms associated with prescription medication use and misuse. ScriptWise works with key health organisations, professionals, governments and those personally affected to address the root causes of this multifaceted issue. Our vision is to reduce overdose fatalities caused by prescription medication misuse across Australia to zero.

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