Inspiro has partnered with Connect4Health to provide a Medication Support Service program aimed at preventing pharmaceutical drug overdose.
Update: Inspiro community health now provides a Medication Support Service program aimed at preventing pharmaceutical drug overdose, for referrals phone the Medication Support Service on 03 9810 3084.. In addition to this service, Inspiro also provides a free drug, alcohol and addiction counselling service.. More information about Inspiro's drug and alcohol counselling here.
Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN) will provide $850,000 to Connect4Health to deliver a Victorian first Medication Support Service program. The program will provide specialist assessment and treatment programs for individuals and families affected by pharmaceutical misuse or dependence.
Helping people access treatment for misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications
The service is aimed at helping people access treatment for misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications, which can be difficult due to community stigma of having a drug problem.
EMPHN CEO, Robin Whyte said people with pharmaceutical misuse or dependence did not typically access traditional alcohol and other drug services because of this stigma and a lack of specialist treatment programs for pharmaceutical misuse.
"Pharmaceuticals contribute to over 80% of all fatal overdoses in Victoria, with most deaths deemed to be accidental."
By basing the Medication Support Service in community health centres, we are providing accessible and integrated health services and also removing the barrier of stigma for patients,” Ms Whyte said. “This service will directly contribute to reducing overdose deaths, hospital admissions and other related harms due to the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications.”
Helping people who are at high risk of overdose
This program will seek to help a group of people that don’t normally access support services, yet who are at high risk of overdose and other drug-related harms. This evidence-based clinical treatment program will be particularly important with the Real Time Prescription Monitoring System being rolled out in Victoria in 2018, which will place restrictions on people’s ability to ‘prescription shop’ or ‘doctor shop’ for medications.
A partnership of three community health services
The Medication Support Service will be delivered by Connect4Health, a strong partnership of three community health services in the Inner East region comprising Access Health and Community (the lead agency), Carrington Health and Link Health and Community.
Connect4Health has also partnered with Inspiro Community Health Service in the Outer East and community health services in the North East to extend the area's this service covers.
This program is funded as part of the Commonwealth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services funding. For further information or to discuss a referral please phone the Medication Support Service on 03 9810 3084.
In addition to this service, Inspiro provides a range of counselling and drug support services. Find out more here.