Please click on the links below for more information about prescription and over-the-counter medications. You can also call us on 1800 931 101 for more information and advice.
You can find a downloadable copy of our brochure here.
INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICATIONS
For more information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, click on the links below to read a factsheet by the Australian Drug Foundation:
RISKS OF MEDICATION USE
Find out more about the risks of taking medication and why opioid medication may not be the best treatment for persistent pain by clicking on the links below.
- What is Pharmaceutical Misuse? (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
- Feeling Better Without Medication (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
- Risks of High Dose Opioid Medicines (NPS MedicineWise)
OVERDOSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
For International Overdose Awareness Day, some of our MSRS team made this video about preventing overdose:
Click here to visit the COPE (Community Overdose Prevention and Education) website at the Penington Institute to find out about ‘Overdose First Aid’.
You can also click on the links below for more information about preventing overdose:
For information about naloxone (a medicine used to ‘reverse’ opioid overdose), click here to visit the Penington Institute website page and access more of their helpful videos.
You can also download these helpful naloxone fact sheets:
USEFUL WEBSITES & VIDEOS
LifeSavers: Information about opioid use and dependence, overdose, and resources for families and friends.
Turn to Help: Information about codeine and painkiller dependence (addiction) and different types of treatment options.
ScriptWise: ScriptWise are a not-for-profit Australian organisation who are dedicated to reducing overdose and other harms from prescription and over-the-counter medications.
International Overdose Awareness Day: International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31st each year to remember those who have died of a drug overdose and to prevent overdose from happening in other families.
Reconnexion: Reconnexion is a not-for-profit organisation who provide information, support and treatment for people experiencing panic, anxiety, depression and tranquiliser (benzodiazepine) dependency.
Tame the Beast [Video] A video about Chronic Pain.
One Decision– a video about opioid addiction.
In 2019, the MSRS hosted our first art exhibition— all artworks were created by members of our peer support groups. The theme was ‘Overdose isn’t Black and White’. You can see samples of some of the incredible artworks below
Click here to watch some personal stories of people with lived experience of medication misuse/dependence and recovery.
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