Since the first edition of Australia’s Annual Overdose Report in 2014, Penington Institute has called for a shift in policy to address the overdose crisis. Key to this shift is the development of a National Overdose Prevention Strategy.
Australia’s existing framework to prevent and reduce drug-related harms is the National Drug Strategy, 2017-2026. However, this document only makes passing mention of overdose prevention and does not adequately address the current crisis.
A National Overdose Prevention Strategy must be developed in cooperation with people with lived experience of drug use, frontline workers, and other experts in the field of drug-related issues.