We do need to keep in mind that this system alone is not going to “fix” the issues of substance misuse and abuse.

Next year we will see the introduction of real time prescription monitoring. There will be a role out of a new software system in pharmacies, hospitals and clinics which will allow staff to access a person’s history during consultation and training and support packages for GPs and hospitals. The aim is to allow doctors and pharmacists the opportunity to make informed decisions when it comes to prescribing medication and hopefully reduce the number of people dying from prescription overdoes every year. In this article from the ABC we get an understanding of the medications that will be affected by the introduction of the new system. We do need to keep in mind that this system alone is not going to “fix” the issues of substance misuse and abuse. 

The introduction of the real time prescription monitoring system is likely to affect many people including young people and those who use Benzodiazepines. Here is a guide on how to reduce dependency on Valium with alternative therapies and the 2016 Withdrawal Guidelines. Those using opiate based medications like oxycodone will be effected by the changes too.

Visit the government website for further information on the real time prescription monitoring system roll out.