All our bulk-billed medical clinics are now operating the real-time prescription monitoring system SafeScript.
SafeScript monitors all Schedule 8 and 'high-risk' medicines such as morphone, oxycodone, codeine and diazepam.
A trial in Western Victoria alerted health professionals at more than 400 sites to arond 4500 patients 'at risk' of overdose after visiting multiple clinics or pharmacies.
SafeScript is now online for all Victorian doctors and pharmacists with more than 7500 health professionals registered and using the system.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said SafeScript was already saving lives.
“Prescription medicine dependency can happen to anyone. Too many lives have been tragically cut short due to the harms from some prescription medicines. Each loss is one too many,” Mr Foley said.
Safescript is operating at Bendigo Community Health Services bulk-billed medical clinics in Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat and Central.
If you have concerns about SafeScript call the free and confidential 24-hour SafeScript Pharmaceutical Helpline on 1800 737 233.