Programs and campaigns

Penington Institute raises awareness of the many ways that substance use affects us all – personally, socially and economically – and promotes policies and practices to prevent and reduce harm to people in the community. We support initiatives to engage the community in a conversation about community health and community safety.

We work to connect research to current realities and support translation into action on the ground via policy, program and service delivery.

We will continue to collaborate with, and represent a broad range of sectors and organisations who work to minimise harm from drug use.

Penington Institute’s work is informed by its programs.

  • COPE (Community Overdose Prevention and Education)
  • International Overdose Awareness Day
  • Understand Ice
  • YEAH


Community Overdose Prevention and Education (COPE) is saving lives by supporting health professionals to provide prevention training including information on and access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone to people most at risk of opioid overdose and those most likely to witness overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a campaign that promotes drug overdose prevention and awareness messages and supports families who have lost loved ones to overdose.

The campaign runs throughout the year, culminating in high-profile support on 31 August when organisations all around the world run events and spread health and safety information. Most importantly, International Overdose Awareness Day allows people to come together and tackle overdose as a community.

Understand Ice

Understand Ice aims to support young people who are using, or contemplating using ice, their friends and family through what can be an intensely difficult period


YEAH has been empowering young Australians to prevent the spread of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) through participation and leadership for over 12 years.

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