ReGen welcomes Victorian Government announcements on methamphetamine and overdose prevention
Date posted: 4 September 2013
UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, welcomed announcements by Minister Wooldridge of the Victorian Government to fund prevention, education and treatment programs ($1.1 million) for methamphetamines and the Community overdose prevention and education (COPE) program ($200,000) on 30 August 2013.
Minister Wooldridge announced that the methamphetamines package would aim to:
- research ice use across the state and present a snapshot of the impacts of ice use based on geography and demographics
- improve community awareness of the impacts of ice through targeted education campaigns initially aimed at apprentices, post-secondary students and Aboriginal communities
- undertake training with alcohol and drug treatment and Aboriginal health workers across the state to improve capacity to respond to clients who are using ice and other amphetamines
- develop a tailored diversion program for first-time offenders using ice
- provide increased counselling for treatment agencies to provide to ice-affected clients.
The two-year COPE project will:
- increase GP knowledge of naloxone, supporting increased prescription
- increase pharmacist and primary health care provider knowledge of naloxone, its availability and use
- provide at-risk drug users and potential witnesses to overdose (particularly family and friends) with the knowledge and ability to respond to and administer naloxone
- provide training for front-line service personnel about opioid overdose risk factors, how to recognise the signs of an overdose, and how to respond to an overdose including how to administer naloxone
- link into other primary care services and harm reduction settings to broaden the use of naloxone as a standard overdose prevention tool.
Source: Uniting Care RenGen
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