Drugs session tour
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