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.
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’