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International Family Drug Support Day 2019

FSD DAY LOGO 250Behind every statistic of a drug related overdose death, arrest or hospitalisation there is a family suffering the pain. All too often in a cloud of stigma and shame.
Events are being held around the country to mark the International Family Drug Support Day on 24 February 2019.

VIC - Family Project Officer

FDS is seeking a motivated Family Project officer to establish and expand the service in Victoria, providing support to families affected by alcohol and other drugs. We are offering either a full time (35 hour) or a part-time (21 or 28 hours) position, working ‘flexible’ hours, “to suit family’s requirements”. Applications close: Friday, 1st February, 2019 at COB


Music festival tragedy

A 22-year-old man has died at a music festival after taking an unknown substance and it has created a fresh debate on pill testing.

Opinion piece written by David Caldicott from Canberra’s Calvary Hospital

Stop sacrificing young lives at an altar of drug dogma
DECEMBER 11, 2018
I am the very proud father of some very naughty children, and I would happily walk through fire for them. I am also an emergency consultant with an interest in illicit drug overdoses and, by obvious ¬extension, how to reduce them. This year, I was proud to be part of an extraordinary coalition of individuals who conducted Australia’s first government-sanctioned pilot pill test in the ACT.
Since the death of yet another young man at a music festival this weekend, from a presumed overdose, it is in this latter capacity that I have been asked, on several occasions now, “How do you feel about another festival death in NSW?” He has a name: Callum Brosnan.

Letter from NADA thanking FDS staff and volunteers

NADA letterA letter from the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) thanking FDS staff and volunteers for a recent collaboration delivering workshops around Australia. A big thank you to all the attendees at these events, and to NADA for the invitation to be involved in these valuable and important sessions.

Pill testing can ‘save lives’

A video article by Sky News on a recent overdose death at a music festival in Homebush, NSW. 
This story includes an interview at the end with Gino Vumbuca – President of Harm Reduction Australia


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