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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|

Australia’s continuing overdose tragedy

Fentanyl, a dangerous drug 100 times more potent than pure morphine is at the forefront of Australia’s drug overdose crisis. Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2017 has revealed that diverted fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is killing hundreds of Australians amid the country’s escalating overdose problem.  The report, produced annually by Penington Institute, says Australia is on track to experience a US-style [...]

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|

Overdose an international tragedy requiring an urgent health response

As people from across the world come together to observe International Overdose Awareness Day the sad reality is that the death toll from drug overdose continues to rise around the world. According to the latest figures from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) contained in the World Drug Report 2017 there are at least 190,000 mostly avoidable [...]

August 30th, 2017|