"Saving Sam" Australia's Opioid Crisis

"Saving Sam" Australia's Opioid Crisis

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Jasmin Raggam started this petition to Brad Hazzard MP (NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research)

LENS Network is made up of individuals and family members directly affected by prescription medication dependence, abuse and misue. We are here for those experiencing addiction, or treatment, with a view to providing much needed information about the need to implement Real Time Monitoring as well as resources for treatment, information and feedback.

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 FOUNTAINDALE, Australia — Deb Ware stared in numb horror at her son, a frail, 22-year-old man in diapers who looked like he’d had a stroke. This was hardly Sam Ware’s first dance with death in the years since his addiction to pharmaceutical opioids began with a simple wisdom tooth extraction; in just the past 12 months, he overdosed more than 60 times. But on this day in June, inside this hospital in Australia, his mother wondered if it would be his last. For three years, she had battled to save his life, a lonely war against a system that made pharmaceutical opioids cheap and easy to get, in a country that has quietly endured what was once thought to be a uniquely American crisis of skyrocketing opioid addiction and deaths. And yet despite all her efforts to rescue her son from an addiction funded largely by her government, here she was: Standing by, helpless, as doctors prepared to place her child in a coma.On the NSW, Central Coast, around two hours north of Sydney, the Ware family is one of thousands across Australia locked in a life-or-death fight against opioid addiction.
See Deb’s full story here :Australian Mother Fights to Save Addicted Son From Opioids 

On the opposite end of the earth from America, where the opioid epidemic has left 400,000 dead, Australia is facing its own crisis of soaring opioid use and fatal overdoses . It has all unfolded despite the glaring warnings from the U.S., and despite more than a decade of warnings from Australian health professionals about a looming disaster.

Update 05/12/2019 After a long difficult time, Sam has now reached out for help and wants to enter rehab, he is currently in detox, but will be discharged possibly as soon as Monday. Deb has been desperately looking for a facility on Sam's behalf for weeks, but there is not one bed available in NSW. Not only is the state lacking in support, it remains the ONLY state, that have not committed to a Real-Time Prescription Monitoring System. Until ALL states agree to this system, the national system will face further delays in being implemented. This has been, and continues to be the situation for many families who are desperate for assistance, all over Australia. When someone in Sam's condition finally agrees to assistance, action needs to be taken immediately. An inadequate support system in NSW is forcing Deb to look to other states to assist.                                                                                                          

*** If Anyone Can Help with information about a vacancy to a rehab facility in NSW for Sam Please contact Jasmin Raggam jmraggam@hotmail.com.au **

 

 

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