Be Medicinewise Week helps Australians get the most out of their prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines. It promotes the safe and wise use of medicines.
What is medicine misuse?
If people are NOT taking medicines as directed then they may be misusing them. This can be any of the following:
- 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 alcohol.
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 medicines
- 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.