The bigger picture

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|

Real time monitoring must be balanced with accessible treatment

Penington Institute welcomes today’s introduction of legislation into Parliament that will deliver real-time prescription monitoring in Victoria as an important milestone in ending the prescription overdose crisis currently underway in Victoria. The initiative will help stem the number of people who will become addicted to pharmacy medication. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said that while real-time monitoring is a good [...]

August 8th, 2017|

Real time prescription monitoring a good first step

Penington Institute congratulates the Australian and Victorian Government’s on their respective announcements today concerning real-time prescription monitoring. Earlier today the Turnbull Government made an announcement of more than $16 million to deliver a national roll out, while the Victorian Government has listed the kinds of medications that will be targeted – focusing particularly on drugs that contribute most to accidental [...]

July 28th, 2017|