Penington Institute commends the Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews MP and his Government for their announcements about new initiatives to reduce the harms caused by drugs in Victorian communities.
CEO of Penington Institute, John Ryan said: “This package of announcements is welcomed and will have significant impacts across the State.”
“These initiatives are a great move and recognise that, as Ken Lay has said ‘we can’t arrest our way out of the drug problem’,” Mr Ryan said.
“Penington Institute oversees International Overdose Awareness Day, held on 31 August each year. We are therefore particularly pleased to hear that significant funding has been allocated to help combat overdose. With the Victorian Coroner reporting that more than 470 people died of an overdose in Victoria in 2016, action on overdose is urgently needed,” he said.
“We applaud the focus on early intervention – this is essential – as well as the investment in treatment services.”
“Most of the harms from drugs are due to the minority of people who use drugs who are highly addicted.
“These announcements are a very good start to address the wasteland of addiction and failed war on drugs.
“Victorians need help and the Government is acting,” Mr Ryan said.
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