Tourette’s Association member Adam Belcher is one of the worst-affected by tics in New Zealand. His tics are debilitating and disabling, impacting on every aspect of his everyday life. He is unable to work and even being able to walk across a room is a dangerous exercise.
However last year Adam was given a lifeline when he was the first-ever applicant to have a prescription for Sativex (medicinal cannabis spray) approved for Tourette Syndrome by the Minister of Health. His first time using the spray was incredible – his tics disappeared, amazing not only himself but family, friends and even his doctor and neurologist.
The only problem is that each prescription costs $1,100.
So far Adam has paid for his prescriptions on his credit card but he can no longer afford to do so. He dreads having to return to the life he had pre-Sativex, saying he doesn’t know how he ever made it through the day.
Adam’s mum has set up a givealittle page in the hope of being able to fund at least one more prescription for him. He and his doctor are investigating all avenues to have his prescription but so far he has been turned down by Pharmac and his local DHB. If you can help please visit www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/help4tics