In 2012 the ABS reported that there were over 1,400 fatalities due to drug use (excluding alcohol and tobacco).
All across the country families have been left devastated by these tragedies.
The truth is that many of these deaths were preventable and the failure to do so has families having to now deal with ongoing grief and stigma created by loss of a family member to drug use.
Tony Trimingham - CEO and founder of Family Drug Support and organiser of the National Family Drug Support Day on the 24th February said today:
“Behind every statistic, at least ten other people are affected and in all our efforts to deal with Australian drug issues we have to make sure families are not forgotten. We have to ensure families aware that support is available and accessible.