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International Overdose Awareness Day – The forgotten people: surging overdose toll in COVID-19 year
Media Statement                                                                                                                                                                 30 August 2021   International Overdose Awareness Day The forgotten people: surging overdose toll in COVID-19 year   International Overdose Awareness Day gives us time to take stock of both how much we have achieved and how much more there is to do to prevent fatal overdose. International Overdose...
Cannabis Inquiry: lost opportunity perpetuates harm
The report from the Inquiry into Cannabis in Victoria, while asserting support for drug law reform, does not recommend it. While this is a step in the right direction, in light of the failures of prohibition in reducing cannabis use and harms, it is also a missed opportunity. While supporting many of the recommendations,...
Victorian overdose deaths, 2011-2020
Purpose This report presents the 2020 update to Victorian overdose death statistics. This is the first in a planned series of regular public reports on overdose deaths data from the Coroners Court of Victoria, aimed at supporting drug harm reduction initiatives in the community. The report is produced under the Court’s initiative to release...
Over 4500 overdose deaths in a decade the focus of new coronial report
Thursday 29 July 2021 A new report released today by the Coroners Court of Victoria, reveals 4551 Victorians died by overdose in the past decade. The report, Victorian Overdose Deaths 2011-2020, provides an analysis of demographic information including age, gender and geographical data along with a discussion of observable trends in drug overdose deaths. From...
Victoria: 526 fatal overdoses in 2020
MEDIA RELEASE 29/7/21 Victoria: 526 fatal overdoses in 2020 The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is highly distressed at the excessive number of fatal overdoses that occurred during 2020, a year coupled with COVID-19 restrictions. The Coroners Court of Victoria have released data on fatal overdoses in Victoria from 2011 – 2020...
Victorian Budget 2021-22: Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH
Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH The Victorian Government has handed down a mental health budget that will herald a breadth of reform in the sector not seen since the 1990s. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) acknowledges that the budget works to address significant underinvestment and support...
State Budget Submission 2021/22
Each year the Victoria Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) prepares an annual state budget submission for the Victorian Government outlining a range of initiatives that we think can make a difference in reducing alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms across the community. This year’s submission could be considered supplementary to an earlier submission...
Victorian Budget 2021-22: Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH
Alcohol and other drug treatment on the coat tails of MH The Victorian Government has handed down a mental health budget that will herald a breadth of reform in the sector not seen since the 1990s. The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) acknowledges that the budget works to address significant underinvestment and support...
Drug checking saves lives
07 April 2021 The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) supports the recommendations from Coroner Spanos relating to the implementation of a drug checking services and an early warning system to prevent fatal overdose. The Coroner investigated five fatalities where a common thread was that the deceased did not know that the substances they...
Mental Health Royal Commission Report – VAADA summary for the AOD sector
2 March 2021 The final report of the Mental Health Royal Commission was Tabled in Parliament on 2nd March 2020. The report is comprised of 5 volumes and outlines 65 recommendations for the Victorian Government to consider and implement. The Government has already committed to addressing all 65 recommendations. The report is extremely comprehensive...