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Overdose and Response in Victoria – Seminar

Frontline initiatives to prevent fatal overdose in Victoria Deaths from unintentional overdose are growing. These deaths are, by definition, preventable. However, there are no silver bullets – sophisticated and evidence-based responses are needed to reduce the toll of unintentional overdose. This seminar will provide a brief overview of unintentional overdose deaths in Victoria before discussing [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Overdose and Response in Victoria – Seminar

Life Savers global launch exposes opioid treatment

Penington Institute, the not-for-profit convenor of International Overdose Awareness Day, is today launching the website, Life Savers,1 a brief guide to treatment for people concerned about their usage of opioid drugs, their family members and friends, as well as a resource for healthcare providers. As the number of people developing dependencies and suffering harms from [...]

By |September 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Life Savers global launch exposes opioid treatment

Australia’s annual overdose report 2019

The toll of unintentional overdose deaths in Australia: Penington Institute Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2019 reveals that unintentional overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia. The continued growth in unintentional overdose deaths is linked to highly potent drugs, many of which are available through prescription, such as pharmaceutical opioids and benzodiazepines. Illegal drugs [...]

By |August 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Australia’s annual overdose report 2019

Penington Institute calls for strong action on pregabalin (Lyrica®)

Lyrica®: Filling a pain fap or emerging threat? Penington institute recently hosted a public information forum with experts speakers discussing pregabalin (sold as Lyrica®). Subsidised as an antiepileptic and to treat neuropathic pain, prescriptions rates have increased dramatically in recent years, along with reports of harms relating to use. Dr Shaun Greene (Austin Health) Dr [...]

By |June 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Penington Institute calls for strong action on pregabalin (Lyrica®)

Australia’s dependence on prescription opioids should be new government’s top public health concern

One of the most urgent public health issues facing the new government will be Australia’s dependence on prescription opioids, independent drug research, policy and education organisation Melbourne-based Penington Institute, said today. Figures just released by the London-based Global Survey on Drugs show that the use of prescription opioids in the last year was highest in [...]

By |May 20th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Australia’s dependence on prescription opioids should be new government’s top public health concern

Lyrica®: Filling a pain gap or emerging threat?

Use of pregabalin (sold as Lyrica®) has skyrocketed in recent years. Anecdotal reports indicate problematic use is becoming more common including amongst people who inject drugs. In Australia, pregabalin is a commonly prescribed medicine, subsidised as an anti-epileptic and to treat neuropathic pain. It is often prescribed for the treatment of other conditions including musculoskeletal [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Lyrica®: Filling a pain gap or emerging threat?