The bigger picture

Calls for a dramatic change in the way we tackle problematic ice use in rural and regional communities

Launch of a new local, community-controlled response  On Friday 24 February Penington Institute launched a new GP-centred, local model to address problematic ice use in rural and regional Australia. Working with partners in Mansfield, Victoria, Penington Institute is calling for a drastic change of mindset across rural and regional communities. “Due to funding and isolation, the current response to ice [...]

February 24th, 2017|

Penington Institute congratulates Victorian Government on naloxone announcement

Penington Institute commends Minister for Mental Health the Hon Martin Foley MP for his announcement to widen access to opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone. CEO of Penington Institute, John Ryan said: “The Andrews Labor Government is to be congratulated for its decision to help save lives through their subsidisation of the cost of naloxone to drug users or families struggling [...]

February 24th, 2017|

Latest edition of the Anex Bulletin now online

The Anex Bulletin is a specialty publication for workers in Australia’s needle and syringe programs (NSPs). Edition 1 of volume 13 is now available online. This edition has a feature on the new Direct Acting Antiviral treatments for Hepatitis C, a story on the Terumo equipment issue, reflections on International Overdose Awareness Day, and much more. We also profile the [...]

September 29th, 2016|

A national scandal: deaths from overdose continue to climb

Biggest growth among men, the middle aged and regional/rural Australians. Many of us have a view in our minds when we think of people who die of a drug overdose – an inner-city, street-based heroin user, probably young, likely homeless. Released today, a new national report by Penington Institute - Australia's Annual Overdose Report 2016 - has revealed that this [...]

August 29th, 2016|

100,000 overdose deaths per year: “shameful”

Call for global action on overdose awareness and prevention Each year at least 100,000 people die of accidental overdose. That’s the equivalent of a large sporting crowd and more people than attend the Super Bowl or the World Cup Final. There are no front pages, no fanfare and no crisis meetings of governments. These people are remembered by their families [...]

August 26th, 2016|