Penington Institute: rethinking how communities tackle unsafe drug use.


Penington Institute advances health and community safety by connecting substance use research to practical action.

Launched in 2014, Penington Institute, a not for profit organisation, has grown out of the rich and vibrant work of one of its programs – Anex, and its close to 20 years experience working with people and families directly affected by problematic drug use.

Penington Institute addresses this complex  issue with knowledge and compassion.  We not only help individuals, but also the wider community through our research analysis, promotion of effective strategies, workforce education and public awareness activities.

In short, Penington Institute saves lives.

Penington Institute is inspired by and named in honour of Emeritus Professor  David Penington AC, one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals and health experts.


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News


Increase in crime likely with drug testing budget announcement

May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Increase in crime likely with drug testing budget announcement

An increase in crime, homelessness and desperation among Australia’s most vulnerable are the likely consequences of the announcement by Treasurer [...]

Penington Institute congratulates the Premier on drugs announcements

April 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Penington Institute congratulates the Premier on drugs announcements

Penington Institute commends the Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews MP and his Government for their announcements about new initiatives to [...]

Calls for a dramatic change in the way we tackle problematic ice use in rural and regional communities

February 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Calls for a dramatic change in the way we tackle problematic ice use in rural and regional communities

Launch of a new local, community-controlled response  On Friday 24 February Penington Institute launched a new GP-centred, local model to [...]

Penington Institute congratulates Victorian Government on naloxone announcement

February 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Penington Institute congratulates Victorian Government on naloxone announcement

Penington Institute commends Minister for Mental Health the Hon Martin Foley MP for his announcement to widen access to opioid [...]

Understand Ice

Understand Ice aims to support young people who are using, or contemplating using ice, their friends and family through what can be an intensely difficult period.  For the person using, there is the stigma and fear of what people will think, coupled with the prospect that experimental or irregular use of ice can become regular and problematic use. For friends and family, dealing with a loved one using ice can range from a real concern, to what feels like a fully blown disaster. This site aims to help young people and families by providing practical advice and information on what to do if ice becomes an issue – and equip people with knowledge and skills to help them manage their situation. It also aims to encourage people to seek professional support through a range of help services.

Visit: www.understandice.org.au

Anex

Anex provides training, support and leadership to the needle and syringe program workforce and other services dealing with continued drug use.

Visit: www.anex.org.au

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International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day raises awareness of the costs of overdose to individuals, their families and community, and promotes strategies to keep people safe and reduce the toll. Prescription drugs are now more commonly involved in overdoses than illicit substances. This means that fatal overdose is an increasing concern for the wider community.

Visit: www.overdoseday.com

COPE (Community Overdose and Education Program)

The Community Overdose and Education Program (COPE) supports a multi-sector effort to raise awareness and provide training in overdose response, including the use of naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, available to people who may witness a family member, friend or colleague’s overdose.

Visit: www.copeaustralia.com.au

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Lucid

The Lucid program provides education to individuals under a corrections order for driving under the influence of alcohol. Developed for employers and employees, Lucid’s highly qualified and engaging trainers have a depth of experience in alcohol and other drugs and provide consultation and support on how to manage drug and alcohol issues in the workplace. Our team have been accredited by the Department of Health in accordance with the standards for drink driver education programs. [Accreditation number 11/080]

Visit: www.lucid.org.au

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