FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT TO MARK 20 TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MAJOR EVENTS IN 2017Prominent campaigner Tony Trimingham’s Family Drug Support will mark 20 years of supporting families at its annual National Family Drug Support Day to be held at events across Australia on 23rd and 24th February 2017.
2017 will also be the 20th anniversary of the death of Mr Trimingham’s son Damien from a heroin overdose in 1997 and in the lead up to the events Mr Trimingham will share learnings and observations from his years of working with families adversely affected by drug and alcohol use through the service he founded, Family Drug Support (FDS).
Mr Trimingham commented, “The drug situation in Australia has changed a lot in the last 20 years but one thing remains constant; too many people and their families are still missing out on getting the help they need. At the events we will be unveiling recommendations based on research that will paint a picture of what needs to happen to effect change and improve the lives of families.”
Mr Trimingham will speak at the events to be held in Sydney and Canberra alongside leading politicians, family members and sector experts. Parliamentarians, health workers and affected families will attend the event. Events will also take place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and many communities across Australia
The FDS service receives more than 33,000 calls every year on its national hotline and runs support groups and education courses across the country for family members dealing with problematic drug and alcohol use.
The Family Drug Support Service provides a 24-hour phone line, courses and support groups for families of drug users where they can obtain resources and information about how to help their loved ones.
The National Family Drug Support Day initiative, which has as its 2017 theme:
‘see the person not the drug’
It is hoped that families in these difficult circumstances will remember to see their family members as being far much more than the drugs they may be taking.
The National Day is also hoping to raise awareness of its services and the help that is needed for families, reduce the stigma and discrimination for families and drug users and promote raise harm reduction strategies for families and friends.
Mr Trimingham concluded, “National Family Drug Support Day should become an important day in everyone’s calendar. No one is immune from the devastating effects of drug use.”
For requests for interview and further information:
Media Liaison for FDS
0452 069 936
About the Family Drug Support Service
- Established by Tony Trimingham in 1997, Family Drug Support volunteers take around 33,000 calls to their support line every year.
- The Service provides 24/7 support (Phone: 1300 368186) and support groups in capital cities and a growing number of regional centres.
- FDS also offers the Stepping Stones course for families/friends supporting someone with drug and/or alcohol problems.
- For more information, visit the website www.fds.org.au