Drugs ses­sion tour

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

A SUC­CESS­FUL Bendigo com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion de­signed to raise aware­ness of il­licit drugs will be ex­panded across the Lod­don Mallee.

Bendigo Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vice (BCHS) will use a Com­mu­nity Ice Ac­tion Grant to host the All Time High in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Cam­paspe, Cen­tral Gold­fields, Mace­don Ranges, Mount Alexan­der, Mildura and Swan Hill.

BCHS direc­tor of con­tin­ued health and in­de­pen­dence Dale Hardy said the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s al­co­hol and other drugs team had or­gan­ised the ses­sion af­ter notic­ing a change in the sub­stances be­ing used and how peo­ple ac­cess 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,” he 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.

“The feed­back from the Bendigo in­for­ma­tion ses­sion was very pos­i­tive so we ap­plied for a Com­mu­nity Ice Ac­tion Grant to host more events across a wider area and we’re very grate­ful to the Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment for giv­ing us that op­por­tu­nity.”

Mr Hardy said guest speak­ers, venues and times for the All Time High in­for­ma­tion ses­sions would now be fi­nalised and pro­moted across the Lod­don Mallee.

To learn more about BCHS al­co­hol and other drugs ser­vices visit www.bchs.com.au

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