NPS Media Releases – 1. Medicine Misuse 2. Australian Prescriber early release

Medicine misuse can happen to anyone
The 7th annual Be Medicinewise Week is on this 21-27 August 2017, promoting the safe and wise use of medicines. This year we are reminding Australians that medicine misuse can happen to anyone.

What is medicine misuse?
If people are NOT taking medicines as directed then they may be misusing them.
This might be:

  • taking medicines at the wrong time, or the wrong dose
  • taking medicines in unsafe ways such as opening pills or cutting patches
  • sharing 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 alcoholHelp us spread the message

    Date published:10 Aug 2017
    Our campaign toolkit is now available and includes everything you need to know about Be Medicinewise Week and how to spread the message.

    Order a free event kit today (while quantities last) and use our materials to raise awereness.
    Each kit contains 2 posters, 10 brochures, 1 brochure stand, 1 bunting cut-out, and a note to say thank you for supporting our week.

    Host your own event for the chance to win a voucher up to $500 for morning tea for your workplace.
    Use our free materials as decorations!
    Take a picture of your event and tag us on Facebook and/or Twitter with 
    #BeMedicinewise to enter.

    To find out more about Be Medicinewise Week visit our site


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    Australian PrescriberNPS MedicineWise

     15 AUGUST 2017




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