Shire to host drug session
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.