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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|

Australian community supports change on drug policy

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey has revealed the Australian community’s support for a new approach to drug use and addiction. Penington Institute’s acting CEO David Grant says the survey’s findings further highlight Australia’s existing approach to addiction, overdose and problematic drug use simply isn’t working. “The failed war on drugs continues to cost lives and money – it provides [...]

September 28th, 2017|

Overdose tragedy signals a need to change drug policy

Data released today by the ABS has highlighted the terrible extent of Australia’s ongoing overdose crisis. Penington Institute’s acting CEO David Grant says the increasing number of drug related deaths in Australia highlights the need to rethink how the community responds to addiction and problematic drug use. “We now have a situation where the number of drug related deaths is [...]

September 27th, 2017|

Drug induced deaths at highest rate since late 90s

Australia recorded the highest number of drug-induced deaths since the late 1990s, with the death rate steadily increasing over a decade and now at 7.5 deaths per 100,000 Australians - data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows. "There were 1,808 drug induced deaths in 2016, with those deaths most commonly associated with Benzodiazepines and Oxycodone," James [...]

September 27th, 2017|

Action time on ice

The latest data, prepared by the ABS for the Penington Institute and revealed earlier this month, shows amphetamines now claim almost as many lives as accidental alcohol overdoses, thanks to the growing impact of ice, with more than 220 annual deaths. Read more

September 25th, 2017|

Overdose deaths in Bundy a disgrace

BUNDABERG has been identified as one of the worst regions for fatal drug overdoses as the drug scourge continues to destroy families and take hold of the most vulnerable in our society. The Penington Institute's Australia's Annual Overdose Report 2017, based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, has revealed the extent of drug overdoses since 2011. Read more 

September 23rd, 2017|

Accidental drug overdose rife in the Murraylands

Australia’s drug overdose crisis is escalating and regional areas like the Murraylands and Mallee are at the forefront of the epidemic. Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2017, produced by the Penington Institute, revealed Australians are twice as likely to die from accidental drug overdose than they are from a car accident, with a significant increase in deaths related to pharmaceutical drugs. Read more

September 7th, 2017|

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|