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Pill testing - Lifesaver or false comfort? Should pill testing be trialled at music festivals? Can you ever tell whether a pill is safe? Could pill testing save lives? Following a series of tragic deaths at music festivals this summer there is widespread debate about whether states and territories should allow pill testing. Supporters say it will save lives, while [...]

January 29th, 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|

Penington Institute holds event in Geelong aimed at reducing the Barwon region’s drug overdose rate

The recently released Australian Annual Overdose Report revealed there were 92 deaths from overdose in Geelong between 2011 and 2015, slightly more than 20 per cent above the national average for the same period. A Pharmaceutical Risk and Response Seminar has been specially designed to support the region’s health workers address the issue of overdose in the community. Held by [...]

October 18th, 2017|

Gladstone drug overdose rates well above average

GLADSTONE drug users are dying of accidental drug overdoses at a 46% higher rate than those in Brisbane. Statistics compiled by the Penington Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for a harm-reduction approach to drug policy, show 30 people died of accidental overdoses between 2011 and 2015 in the Gladstone-Biloela area. Read more

October 5th, 2017|