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Cover image for lecture: A Personal Story of Opioid Addiction and Recovery

Lecture Overview

What does a person who is 'addicted to opioids' look like to you? The increasing misuse and abuse of opioids and other prescription medicines is affecting people from all walks of life. This introductory session tells a story of how a person’s life can gradually be taken over by dependence to prescription medicines. It will explain the cascade of consequences that accompany this addiction but also reveal how recovery is possible.


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Representative from the Penington Institute

Penington Institute is a leading, independent, not-for-profit public health organisation that promotes informed approaches to tackling the health, social and economic impacts of substance use in the community. We are a leading voice in the national conversation about the growing harms of crystal methamphetamine – ice. We have provided expert advice to Australian governments on this subject, including the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria. Penington Institute has also actively contributed to ice awareness campaigns. Penington Institute is committed to workforce development activities, where we offer a training program to people who work directly with drug users, including front-line service delivery workers in a range of industries including hospitality. Our expertise is in frontline training to time-poor workers about difficult drug-related topics such as the safe and effective management of ice-intoxicated clients. Our trainers are very experienced frontline workers themselves and know how to communicate with this demographic. In regional, rural and metropolitan areas, there is strong demand for evidence-based information from the community including from parents, schools, sporting clubs and others about amphetamines in general, and ice in particular. We have responded to this increasing community concern about the more widespread use of ice by developing online information modules such as Understand Ice - - and participating in community forums, often with representatives of Victoria Police, where we focus on harm reduction strategies. We have also developed training materials for face-to-face workforce development training which focuses on issues surrounding the use of ice. We are funded by the Victorian Government to provide training and workforce development for the Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP); and also the Community Overdose Prevention Education program (COPE) which informs participants - including potential overdose witnesses - on the use of naloxone, a life-saving chemical which if applied timely revives individuals from opioid overdose. For more information about Penington Institute see its website – Enquiries will be welcomed at or mobile 0417 597 334. See Educator Profile


10 Total Rating(s)
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Linda Silva Renouf
20 Jun 2019

good personal story

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Ana Benn
09 May 2019

A great presentation. I would have liked to be able to see the slides.

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Narelle Howell
25 Apr 2019


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Susan Mayne
04 Mar 2019


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Melissa kendon
16 Sep 2018

Great from real life experience

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Stewart morris
25 May 2018


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Riza Magnaye
12 Oct 2017


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Pamela Kilimnik
11 Oct 2017

Very informative personal account of her addiction and recovery.

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Jane Smith
10 Oct 2017

This is a fantastic lecture, thank you for sharing your story. It has changed my perspective.

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Helen Sadeik
10 Oct 2017

Very good to see the other side of this awful problem.

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Total Rating(s)  10
Published08 October 2017
Expires 20 September 2020
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