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About Penington Institute

Penington Institute is a public health organisation dedicated to tackling the harms from all forms of dangerous substance use, both legal and illegal.

Penington Institute calls for strong action on pregabalin (Lyrica®)

Lyrica®: Filling a pain fap or emerging threat? Penington institute recently hosted a public information forum with experts speakers discussing pregabalin (sold as Lyrica®). Subsidised as an antiepileptic and to treat neuropathic pain, prescriptions rates have increased dramatically in recent years, along with reports of harms relating to use. Dr Shaun Greene (Austin Health) Dr Rose Crossin (Penington Institute) and [...]

June 14th, 2019|

Australia’s dependence on prescription opioids should be new government’s top public health concern

One of the most urgent public health issues facing the new government will be Australia’s dependence on prescription opioids, independent drug research, policy and education organisation Melbourne-based Penington Institute, said today. Figures just released by the London-based Global Survey on Drugs show that the use of prescription opioids in the last year was highest in Australia (30%) – exceeding both [...]

May 20th, 2019|

Lyrica®: Filling a pain gap or emerging threat?

Use of pregabalin (sold as Lyrica®) has skyrocketed in recent years. Anecdotal reports indicate problematic use is becoming more common including amongst people who inject drugs. In Australia, pregabalin is a commonly prescribed medicine, subsidised as an anti-epileptic and to treat neuropathic pain. It is often prescribed for the treatment of other conditions including musculoskeletal pain and generalised anxiety disorder. [...]

May 17th, 2019|

Penington Institute reflects on the achievements of former PM Bob Hawke

Leading independent drug research, policy and education organisation, Penington Institute, has today celebrated the public health achievements of Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister the Hon RJL Hawke AC GCL on the occasion of his passing. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said that Bob Hawke can be thanked for many aspects of the health of Australians today. “Bob Hawke and his governments [...]

May 17th, 2019|

Saving lives: Australian naloxone access model

New report launched - Saving lives: Australian naloxone access model The Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP has officially launched a new Penington Institute report: Saving lives: Australian naloxone access model. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan says that opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone is a vital drug but it is not getting into the hands of those who [...]

September 19th, 2018|

Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018

Overdose deaths rise again: Penington Institute Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018 reveals that accidental overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia. The continued growth in overdose deaths is linked to highly potent drugs, many of which are available through prescription, such as pharmaceutical opioids and benzodiazepines. Illegal drugs such as heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) also [...]

August 29th, 2018|

Supervised injecting facility will save lives

Penington Institute welcomes the trial of a supervised injecting facility in North Richmond. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said establishing the trial was an important step towards tackling the harmful effects of drug use in the community. “The success of drug consumption rooms in reducing deaths, disease and improving a range of community-focussed outcomes is well established,” Mr Ryan said. [...]

October 31st, 2017|

New home and a new life for youth-led sexual health promotion – YEAH

A new and revitalised youth-led holistic sexual health program is in prospect following the transition of YEAH to Penington Institute. While YEAH is currently focused on youth sexual health the program will broaden its focus to incorporate youth focused information on alcohol and other drugs. According to Penington Institute CEO John Ryan, “YEAH has pioneered many opportunities for young people to [...]

October 20th, 2017|