Currently in Australia, more people are dying from prescription pain and sedative medications than on our roads.
In March this year, the NSW Coroner recently said ”…up to 2000 people, mostly in NSW, will die from opioid related overdoses”. That is more than 5 people a day and you can read more about that here.
Every day, we see lives around us being changed by a dependence on medication and lives lost to overdose.
Medication Dependence Prevention Month is an annual event to raise awareness about preventing medication harms and finding community support.
Talking about the medications you are prescribed and learning about medicines dependence is the best way to fight these statiststics.
Knowing the medications you take, its effects on your body and how to prevent dependence makes all the difference. Learning to manage pain and anxiety without medications of dependence is the best way to recover.
This May 19th during National Medication Dependence Prevention Month, Sandra McGivern, who lost her son Angus, a young sportsman, to a pain killer overdose in 2017 is organising The Sydney High Tea for Scriptwise and she needs your support.
ScriptWise is the first and only not-for-profit in Australia dedicated solely to reducing fatalities in Australia from prescription medication misuse. Kim Ledger, father of the late Oscar winning actor Heath Ledger, is the founding Patron of Scriptwise.
We would love you to get involved to prevent the tragedy of overdose and medication dependence. We invite you to attend and if could spread the word amongst your colleagues and friends, that would be amazing.
We are the Official Sydney Event and are inviting representatives from schools and sports clubs as well as the community to attend and take our message back to their circle.
Join us for a fun and informative Morning Tea along with our Celeb Hosts Jono And Dano, speakers including Pain Specialist Dr Jennifer Stevens and Odyssey House’s Jennifer Frendin, Yoga Therapist Anna Phillips and Physio Pain expert Catherine Moore.
High Tea Tickets are $30 includes a delicious morning tea, with all proceeds to Scriptwise. Wear a hat and bring your favourite tea cup for a chance to win great prizes. For catering purposes we are requesting people to book a ticket here on eventbrite.
My Name is mum
and my child is an addict
I hope to develop this website to be a safe, caring & anonymous support haven for mothers of addicts. A source of education, references and information collected through experiences and research of other mums in the same boat. Believe me there are many of us, and by sharing what we know, we can build a support network for ourselves. I started this project over a year ago, after 10 years of living and loving my son in addiction. Ten years of searching for help, answers, support and miracles. I envisaged that my son would eventually recover and I could share my journey. This project is now in honor of my son who lost his battle with addiction in September this year, overdosing on opiates whilst waiting to get into a detox unit. I will forever fight alongside other mothers in this war on drugs that continues to kill our kids. Being an addict's mother is like being knee deep in mud, never knowing the best way to move forward, often finding you need to move backward and usually just moving sideways. Every moment we ponder how to head in a new direction. I believe that we can help each other by sharing our journey, our lessons, our wisdom and the combined love we have for our beautiful children who we hope will beat this horrible affliction we call addiction. The addiction is NOT our child, and by learning to separate the addict from the child we love, I believe we can keep strong enough to make a difference. Having a child in addiction makes you feel like it's killing you too, we need the strength, the tools and the voice to force change. Join me, let's see how strong we are.
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I will work with you to share your story exactly as you want it told.
If you wish to further support this initiative please sign our petition at change.org.