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I'm 33 and have had temporal lobe epilepsy since I was 9. After many years neurologists found the only effective medication for me was clonazepam. I've had problems simply getting Dr's to prescribe me this over the years as in Australia, its a highly scheduled drug.

Last year I found myself in prison and was told by medical staff that clonazepam has never been given to N.S.W prisoners and I would not receive my medication but moved onto another treatement. Anyway after much fighting from family and doctors, my case went to the top of the N.S.W health department and I became the first epileptic to receive clonazepam in the state's prison system. I know I am not the only person who has or will be in this situation and am glad that I was able to be part of a positive change whilst in a bad situation. It goes to show advocacy, education and sticking to your guns can bring about change.

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