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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. [...]

2019-05-17T13:51:46+10:00May 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 [...]

2019-05-17T13:46:09+10:00May 17th, 2019|

Penington Institute free public forum

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 [...]

2020-01-31T11:57:59+11:00January 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 [...]

2018-09-19T15:21:38+10:00September 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 [...]

2020-06-24T20:24:52+10:00August 29th, 2018|