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Cannabis reform: It's time for change
Our latest research reveals the community is increasingly in favour of cannabis regulation.
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We connect lived experience and research to improve community health and safety in relation to drugs.
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Our Vision

Communities are safe, healthy and empowered to manage substance use, including pharmaceuticals and alcohol.

Our Mission

To support cost-effective approaches that maximise community health and safety in relation to drugs.

How we do it

Frank and fiercely independent, we connect lived experience with research to improve the management of drugs through community engagement and knowledge sharing.

Our Role

Penington Institute champions an open, rational, and compassionate approach to building and sharing knowledge to reduce drug-related harm.

Cannabis

We push for an effective regulatory framework for cannabis defined by public health goals, with priority placed on targeted prevention, education, and treatment.

Overdose

Penington Institute produces Australia’s Annual Overdose Report to demonstrate the nature of the overdose crisis and to support change to reduce drug-induced deaths.

Our Impact

Cocaine adulterated with protonitazene

On Monday July 1 Penington Institute issued an alert to our national and state harm reduction network warning that there have been recent overdoses due to protonitazene toxicity in the Melbourne area drug supply. On Tuesday morning Victoria’s Department of Health also issued a warning that a white powder being

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Herald Sun: Time to turn a new leaf on cannabis

Cannabis policy reform is long overdue, says John Ryan, CEO of Penington Institute. Here, he explains why decriminalisation and a regulated cannabis market is the best way forward for Australia. This piece was originally published in the Herald Sun on Saturday 22 June, 2024 (download pdf). By John Ryan It

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Media release

Pill testing trial will reduce overdoses and save lives

Penington Institute welcomes the announcement by the State Government that it will trial drug checking in Victoria. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan agreed with Premier Jacinta Allan that drug checking is “a simple and commonsense way to save lives”. “We applaud the government for acting on the evidence. This is

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Cocaine adulterated with protonitazene

On Monday July 1 Penington Institute issued an alert to our national and state harm reduction network warning that there have been recent overdoses due to protonitazene toxicity in the Melbourne area drug supply. On Tuesday morning Victoria’s Department of Health also issued a warning that a white powder being

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Herald Sun: Time to turn a new leaf on cannabis

Cannabis policy reform is long overdue, says John Ryan, CEO of Penington Institute. Here, he explains why decriminalisation and a regulated cannabis market is the best way forward for Australia. This piece was originally published in the Herald Sun on Saturday 22 June, 2024 (download pdf). By John Ryan It

Learn More
Media release

Pill testing trial will reduce overdoses and save lives

Penington Institute welcomes the announcement by the State Government that it will trial drug checking in Victoria. Penington Institute CEO John Ryan agreed with Premier Jacinta Allan that drug checking is “a simple and commonsense way to save lives”. “We applaud the government for acting on the evidence. This is

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2024

Penington Institute convenes the world’s largest annual campaign to end the overdose crisis. International Overdose Awareness Day falls on August 31 each year.