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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 [...]

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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?

Penington Institute reflects on the achievements of former PM Bob Hawke

Leading independent drug research, policy and education organisation, Penington Institute, has today celebrated the public health achievements of Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister the Hon RJL Hawke AC GCL on the occasion of his passing. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said that Bob Hawke can be thanked for many aspects of the health of Australians today. [...]

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Penington Institute urges Canberra to show ‘courage, imagination and boldness’ in tackling Australia’s opioid death rate

Leading independent drug research, policy and education organisation, Penington Institute, has welcomed today’s (27 February) announcement by the Commonwealth Government that it will fund a $7.2 million trial of naloxone access, the lifesaving drug capable of reversing opioid overdose. […]

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