We can’t arrest our way out of ice problems

For far too long the dominant narrative about crystal methamphetamine (ice) use was that it was a “Victorian” issue, and even a “country Victorian” problem. It is now seen as a national issue. Calling again for a Productivity Commission Inquiry into drug policy cost-effectiveness, Penington Institute’s John Ryan told ABC TV’s Steve Cannane the choice of former Victorian Police Commissioner Ken [...]

May 28th, 2015|

Ice inquiry submissions

The Federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement is holding an inquiry into methamphetamine. Submissions close June 10. Penington Institute’s submission (hyperlink to submission) calls for greater Federal level support for local law enforcement that encourage diversion of offenders into treatment and harm reduction programs. Among the 16 recommendations in our submission is the practical suggestion that there be a [...]

May 27th, 2015|

Help young people know more about ice

Penington Institute has funding the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust to target ice use by  young people, with the aim of reducing the adverse effects of this drug. Donate to support our work. Young people will be engaged directly to inform the development of digital resources that will be promoted to this audience. The resources will provide accurate, evidence-based information [...]

May 27th, 2015|

International Overdose Awareness Day

Preparations are under way for the August 31 International Overdose Awareness Day, auspiced by Penington Institute. Frontline health services and community organisations are preparing to hold events to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. Overdose Day also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury [...]

May 27th, 2015|

Community Overdose Prevention and Education (COPE)

Penington Institute is implementing Australia’s most widespread program aimed at reducing opioid overdose deaths by educating people to respond in an emergency and administer naloxone reversing the effects of opioids. The COPE program, funded by the Victorian Government until June 2105, is a collaboration including 23 participating sites such as Needle and Syringe Programs, drug treatment agencies, homeless persons programs [...]

May 27th, 2015|

Naloxone TGA rescheduling submission

The Therapeutical Goods Administration is set to consider making a pre-filled naloxone syringe Schedule 3 so that people could buy it directly from pharmacists without requiring a doctor’s prescription. Penington Institute has made a submission to the TGA supporting the change to Schedule 3, provided it remained on the PBS. Currently, naloxone is Schedule 4 which means that it must [...]

May 27th, 2015|

Chronic unfairness: opioid treatment fee support needed

People on Opioid Maintenance Therapy should be provided the same access to medication as other Australians with chronic health issues, Penington Institute writes in a new discussion paper developed with the support of the Reichstein Foundation. The impact of OMT co-payments on patients is profound, potentially jeopardising treatment continuity and their therapeutic relationship with their pharmacists. The cost of treatment [...]

May 26th, 2015|

Prison NSP backdown criticised

Penington Institute has criticised the April 1 decision by the Australian Capital Territory Government to give prison officers a veto over the establishment of a Needle and Syringe Program in the Territory’s prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). The ACT Government has a long-standing commitment to establishing an NSP to help prevent HIV and hepatitis C, while the Community and [...]

May 26th, 2015|

Hepatitis C inquiry

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health is conducting an inquiry  into hepatitis C and Australia’s responses. In addition to its submission, Penington Institute was invited to the Committee’s first roundtable hearing, held in January. John Ryan said that even as new hepatitis C cures become available NSPs remained critical. However, he also called for additional investment and support [...]

May 26th, 2015|

Secure Dispensing Units

Secure Dispensing Units (SDUs), also known as Syringe Vending Machines, are a common part of Needle Syringe Programs in all jurisdictions except the Northern Territory and Victoria. Penington Institute achieved a major policy breakthrough early last year through discussions with the Victorian Government when it agreed that SDUs should be added to services programs. A small number of units are [...]

May 26th, 2015|