Penington Institute welcomes enquiries from anyone seeking expert comment concerning drug use in the community.

Our team has provided comment on issues as diverse as overdose, cannabis legalisation, pill-testing, drug testing of welfare recipients, and the harms associated with specific types of drugs.

Our flagship campaigns, such as International Overdose Awareness Day, along with major projects such as Australia’s Annual Overdose Report, attract substantial media coverage.

Please direct your enquiry to Mateo Sewillo, Strategic Communications Manager.
Mobile: +61 488 781 288
Telephone: 03 8662 3815

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Penington Institute in the news

Here is a small selection of our recent mentions in the media:

The Australian, June 14 2021: Operation Ironside: Drug busts will never top policy reform as a lasting fix

The Strategist, May 12 2021: Australia needs drug testing and opioid blockers to reduce overdose deaths

The Age, March 1 2021: Changing tastes and long lockdown the perfect storm for cocaine use

Geelong Advertiser, April 12 2021: Geelong’s ice ‘overdose crisis’ puts strain on ambo call-outs

The Age, March 7 2021: Rise in Victorian drug overdose deaths as treatment options narrow

Herald Sun, February 14 2021: GHB on the rise as ice supply drops due to border closures

Policy Forum, January 20 2021: Australia’s approach to drug use and drug users is broken

The Mildura News, September 13 2020: Mildura accidental drug overdose deaths rise, Penington Institute finds

Herald Sun, August 30 2020: Average of one Victorian dying a day from drug overdose, says new Penington Institute report

ABC News, February 13 2020: ‘Accidental overdose victim’s daughter calls for mandatory scheme to stop dangerous drug sales’

Geelong Advertiser, February 6 2020: ‘Deadly drug cocktails, alcohol abuse fuelling increasing Geelong hospital admissions’

Canberra Times, February 3 2020: ‘Legal cannabis a good step, but drug war hangover remains’

Daily Mail Australia, December 8 2019: ‘Desperate warning issued as three people die of suspected drug overdoses within 24 hours after using liquid ecstasy’

Sydney Morning Herald, October 30 2019: ‘New opioid overdose antidote to gain PBS listing’

Herald Sun, October 20 2019: ‘Penington Institute calls for a pregabalin investigation.’ (subscription required)

The Australian, October 14 2019: ‘Crime-fighting dividends in decriminalising cannabis’ (subscription required)

The Age, August 30 2019: ‘He was the light to my darkness: Removing the stigma of drug overdoses.’

Triple M news, August 29 2019: ‘Drug overdose-related deaths in regional areas on the rise.’

Bendigo Advertiser, August 28 2019: ‘Drug-related deaths on the rise in Bendigo and beyond.’

The Daily Telegraph, August 27 2019: ‘Suburbs where Aussies are dying from drug overdoses’ (subscription required)

ABC Radio’s AM, August 27 2019: ‘Huge rise in accidental drug overdoses nationally.’

The Guardian, August 27 2019: ‘Drug overdoses kill one Australian every five hours.’

Sky News TV report, August 27 2019: ‘Fatal drug overdoses soar nationwide.’

ABC News, August 27 2019: ‘What is naloxone, the “EpiPen of overdose”, and why are so few Tasmanians using it?’

RACGP, August 26 2019: ‘Advocates hail ‘game changing’ PBS listing of buprenorphine’

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