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Medicine Wise Week

Helen Butler - Friday, August 25, 2017

MEDICINE MISUSE CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE

The seventh annual Be Medicinewise Week is 21 - 27 August 2017, promoting the safe and wise use of medicines by all Australians.

WHAT IS MISUSE?

        If you’re NOT taking your medicines as directed then you may be misusing them.

        You might be:

  • Taking medicines at the wrong time, or the wrong dose.
  • Sharing your medicines with family or friends.
  • Taking multiple medicines which could lead to incorrect dosing or side effects.
  • Taking medicines with other substances like illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • Misusing medicines can harm you or someone you care about. It can lead to health problems, addiction or dependency, poor judgement and accidents, as well as legal trouble.
  • Simple actions can prevent medicine misuse. Follow advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and read the labels and packaging of your medicines carefully.

 

     DID YOU KNOW…

  • Alcohol interacts with over 150 medicines.
  • Codeine-related deaths are on the rise.
  • One in 10 Australians over 14 years old has misused prescription pain-relievers or opioid medicine
  • Sleeping pills are not useful long-term and can do more harm than good.

If you have questions about your medicines, speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Find out the 5 most important questions to ask your doctor and more about Be Medicinewise Week at:

     

    (click here)   Medicine Wise 

    Call our Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINES (633 424).

    Download our free Medicinewise app.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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