Release date: Mon, 12th, Sep. 2016

Five deaths occur in Ballarat each year from drug overdose and the majority of overdose deaths involve prescription medication.
The Ballarat and District Drug Action Partnership (BADDAP) launching next week is responding to drug use and drug overdose with a partnership of committed local businesses and organisations.
“What we want to do is reduce the stigma of a drug-related death,” Claire Ryan of BADDAP said.
“It goes some of the way to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose,” Ms Ryan said.
Coinciding with the launch of the group is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), which is a day to highlight the need to prevent and create awareness about drug overdose.
BADDAP hope to educate the community that they have the potential to change the conditions and factors that lead to problematic drug use.
“We can do this by thinking and working ‘whole of system’, using our local community knowledge and working together,” Ms Ryan said.
Problematic drug use affects everyone – individuals, families, schools, workplaces, health services, sporting clubs, councils, police and all levels of government. All of the community can play a role in addressing the problem through collective impact to achieve bigger and better outcomes.
BADDAP is a partnership between Ballarat Local Government, Department of Justice and Regulation, Uniting Care Ballarat, Ballarat Community Health, Berry Street, Sports Central, Victoria Police, Ballarat Health Services – Mental Health, Australian Community Support Organisation , Centacare, Ballarat And District Aboriginal Cooperative, Rotary Club of Ballarat South and Phoenix College.

BADDAP Official Launch
Ballarat Town Hall
9.45am – 11.00am
Wednesday 31 August 2016
Open to the public and the media for interview and photo opportunity

Media Enquiries:
Lauren Wall
0416 770 010