Drug death toll shows a different response is needed

WHAT better measure of how successful our approach to drugs is there than counting the number of people who die accidentally as a result of a drug overdose? It’s a grim task that Penington Institute has completed for a second year as part of our International Overdose Awareness Day campaign. Through our taxes we spend millions of dollars on drug [...]

August 31st, 2017|

Communities across Australia come together to mark International Overdose Awareness Day

On 31 August communities around Australia from Alice Springs to Tamworth will come together to observe International Overdose Awareness Day. The day is an important day of reflection for friends and families of people who have died or been injured through overdose, as they call for more action to tackle the rapidly increasing rates of overdose occurring across Australia. Penington [...]

August 30th, 2017|

Real time monitoring must be balanced with accessible treatment

Penington Institute welcomes today’s introduction of legislation into Parliament that will deliver real-time prescription monitoring in Victoria as an important milestone in ending the prescription overdose crisis currently underway in Victoria. The initiative will help stem the number of people who will become addicted to pharmacy medication. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said that while real-time monitoring is a good [...]

August 8th, 2017|

Real time prescription monitoring a good first step

Penington Institute congratulates the Australian and Victorian Government’s on their respective announcements today concerning real-time prescription monitoring. Earlier today the Turnbull Government made an announcement of more than $16 million to deliver a national roll out, while the Victorian Government has listed the kinds of medications that will be targeted – focusing particularly on drugs that contribute most to accidental [...]

July 28th, 2017|

Training for regional health workers

THIRTY-FIVE Echuca health workers have been trained in how to manage ice users. The new training program, provided in partnership between Penington Institute and Echuca Regional Health, was delivered on Monday. Read more

July 7th, 2017|

Training for Headspace staff

Headspace in Warrnambool and Brophy Family and Youth Services have teamed with the Penington Institute to tackle the issues caused by ice. On Friday, Pennington Institute project leader Crios O’Mahony delivered a training session to Brophy and Heaspace staff. Read more

June 16th, 2017|