When clinicians, politicians and media talk about drug and alcohol issues affecting our communities they often raise the importance of assisting, supporting and engaging more with families.
Unfortunately for many families the reality is much different.
Behind every statistic of a drug related overdose death, arrest or hospitalisation there is a family suffering the pain. All too often in a cloud of stigma and shame.
The 1st National Family Drug Support Day was held on the 24th February 2016 – the anniversary of the passing of Damien Trimingham from a drug related overdose - and has become an annual event to highlight the need for families to not only be recognised and heard, but to be supported and encouraged to speak about their concerns and their needs.
The three objectives of the National Day are:
- Reducing stigma and discrimination for families and drug users
- Promoting family drug support services for families and friends
- Promoting harm reduction strategies for families and friends
More information on National Family Drug Support Day 2018