Media Releases

Strengthening Tasmania’s justice response to problematic alcohol and other drug use

19 September 2019
The ATDC has released its position statement outlining its recommendations on how the Tasmanian Government can strengthen its current justice response to problematic drug use in the community.
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Pill Testing discussions with Tasmanian Government: Media Statement

06 September 2019
Pill Testing
Statement from the ATDC CEO following meetings between the Tasmanian Government and Pill Testing Australia
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No support for proposal to drug test welfare recipients

06 September 2019
Drug testingWelfare
The ATDC does not support the Australian Government's proposal to introduce drug tests for welfare recipients
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Pill Testing Australia welcomes meetings with the Tasmanian Government

03 September 2019
Pill Testing
The ATDC will be facilitating discussions between Pill Testing Australia and the Tasmanian Government over the next two days.
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Opinion: A hidden drug crisis killing ordinary Tasmanians

31 August 2019
International Overdose Awareness DayOverdose
TRACEY WING: Forget junkies, weekly deaths are typically caused by painkillers
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ATDC overwhelmed by community response receiving thousands of origami cranes to remember Tasmanians lost to overdose

14 August 2019
The ATDC has been inundated by thousands of origami cranes, after calling on members of the community to help fold 1,000 cranes for International Overdose Awareness Day.
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Tasmanian Legislative Council Pill Testing Notice of Motion

12 August 2019
Pill Testing
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania is calling upon the Tasmanian Legislative Council to put politics aside and focus on the evidence ahead of their debate on pill testing this week.
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Opinion: Break Tasmania’s drug-crime cycle

26 June 2019
Tasmania’s prison population is soaring — and four in five inmates have a substance use issue
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Opinion: The awkward silence is killing us

04 June 2019
Funding
The Federal Election is over and another Tasmanian State Budget has been tabled. Millions of dollars have been committed to small business, tourism, infrastructure and health, yet for those delivering alcohol, and other drug programs the silence is deafening.
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Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs not a priority

27 May 2019
Funding
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania has joined the chorus of disappointment across the Tasmanian community sector in response to the 2019-20 State Budget.
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The positive health impact of pill testing: Groovin the Moo 2019

30 April 2019
Pill Testing
Australia’s second pill-testing trial has been hailed an overwhelming success. Groovin the Moo 2019 has again successfully implemented a pill-testing trial with many participants saying they would reconsider or at least take less drugs as a result of the testing and education provided on-site.
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More Australians are seeking help for amphetamine dependence

17 April 2019
Amphetamines
In response to the release of AIHW report - Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017-18, ATDC Chief Executive Alison Lai said “the rise in the number of Tasmanians seeking treatment for amphetamines is a trend that has been noticed across our treatment providers
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Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Council responds to the sixth wastewater report

20 February 2019
Wastewater
The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania has responded to the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.
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Opinion: It’s time to tackle our grog problem

24 December 2018
Alcohol
IT’S that time of year when people tend to indulge in all the festivities that the holiday period brings, including drinking alcohol. More often than not conversations around alcohol use tend to focus on what individuals can do to reduce harm...
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Opinion: Playing it safe with festive drinks

20 December 2018
Alcohol
Everyone has the right to feel safe when they’re spending time celebrating with friends and family. Yet the recent coverage of Tasmanian woman Mandy Marmion’s terrifying drink spiking ordeal is a chilling reminder that our safety cannot always be guaranteed...
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Additional $1 billion needed nationally to address unmet alcohol and drug treatment need

18 December 2018
Funding
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Opinion: Pill testing — because we can’t wait until someone dies

21 November 2018
Pill Testing
DON’T do drugs — it’s a message that we’ve all heard. Tasmanians have been told time and time again that taking drugs not prescribed by a doctor is bad, and against the law. Yet Tasmanians do take illegal drugs. Recent research tells us that 42 per cent of Australians, nearly half of us, will try an illicit substance during our lifetime.
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Opinion: Order treatment for drink-drivers

24 October 2018
Alcohol
Last week we heard the heartbroken plea from the family and friends of Tasmanian Brianna Waddington, a teenage girl killed by a drunk learner driver, for others to learn from their tragedy. It’s a situation that no one ever wants to imagine themselves in, and a story that every journalist wishes they didn’t have to write.
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Focus on education and treatment to reduce alcohol, tobacco and drug related harm across the state

10 October 2018
Funding
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Opinion: Tasmania, we have a drinking problem

18 June 2018
Alcohol
There's a common phrase that says that the first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one. And when it comes to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Tasmania, I get the impression that people don’t believe we have a problem. People seem generally aware that there are some who need to access specialised services like detox, rehabilitation or group therapy sessions.
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Opinion: Busted — Six myths of pill-testing

Pill Testing
ALL of us have likely experienced that awkward moment in a conversation when we realise the person that we’re talking to has misunderstood what we’re saying. To avoid confusion, misunderstanding or perhaps an argument we often have to politely interject, backtrack and start the conversation again
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