Shire to host drug ses­sion

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By IVY WISE

A COM­MU­NITY in­for­ma­tion ses­sion de­signed to raise aware­ness of new ‘le­gal high’ and il­licit drugs will be held in Cam­paspe Shire.

It comes as Bendigo Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vices re­ceived a $10,000 com­mu­nity ice ac­tion grant from the Vic­to­rian Government to ex­pand its ‘All Time High’ in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to six shires, in­clud­ing Cam­paspe.

BCHS con­tin­ued health and in­de­pen­dence direc­tor Dale Hardy said the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s al­co­hol and other drugs team or­gan­ised the first in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Bendigo on May 31 af­ter notic­ing a change in the sub­stances be­ing used and how peo­ple ac­cessed them.

‘‘New drugs, par­tic­u­larly syn­thetic drugs, cre­ate great chal­lenges for health­care and emer­gency ser­vices staff and the pub­lic so it’s im­por­tant to pro­vide the lat­est in­for­ma­tion to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Hardy said.

‘‘The in­for­ma­tion is valu­able for those who have con­tact with peo­ple who use drugs, such as health pro­fes­sion­als and con­cerned fam­ily mem­bers, so they can help their pa­tients or loved ones un­der­stand the dan­gers and learn harm re­duc­tion strate­gies.’’

Guest speak­ers, venues and times for the in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are still be­ing fi­nalised.

Men­tal Health Min­is­ter Martin Fo­ley said the government was de­ter­mined to sup­port com­mu­nity groups in find­ing cre­ative and en­gag­ing ways to ed­u­cate peo­ple on the dan­gers of ice and other drugs.

‘‘We’re proud to be supporting groups to rid their com­mu­ni­ties of ice through strate­gies that will work for their area,’’ he said.

Thir­teen com­mu­nity groups re­ceived ice ac­tion grants across the state.

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