ReGen submitted the following letter to the editor of The Age in response to the paper's coverage of Global Drug Survey's Australian findings:

March 18, 2013

Drug survey findings raise important issues
The Age’s weekend coverage of Australian findings from the Global Drug Survey (‘The hidden problem of middle-class drinking’, March 16; ‘Death toll rises as prescription drug abuse grows’, March 17) has effectively highlighted that damage caused by alcohol and other drug use is experienced widely throughout our communities, not just amongst the stigmatised and stereotyped few.
The findings (and accompanying media coverage) raise awareness of the risks associated with a wide range of individual behaviours and community attitudes towards the use of alcohol, prescription medications and illicit drugs. 
One of the key benefits of the Global Drug Survey results is their capacity to support a more robust debate about the true impacts of substance use.  In combination with the Drinks Meter & Drugs Meter services, they provide an accessible online approach, for individuals to compare  their use with that of their peers, identify potential harms and provide an effective catalyst for changes to people’s behaviour.  
ReGen encourages all Victorians to consider the harms resulting from their own (or loved ones’) use and, if they want to make changes, to seek assistance from one of the many free services available.


Laurence Alvis
CEO, UnitingCare ReGen

Melbourne, VIC, 28th February 2013 – UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today questioned the likely effectiveness of the Victorian Government’s announced plans to dramatically increase penalties for drink and drug-driving offences (ABC News, Big new fines for drug and drink drivers, 28th February). 

Read more: ReGen calls for more effective response to drink and drug driving (28/02/13)

Melbourne, VIC, 25th January 2013 – UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall), the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the announcement of $12 million of new funding in employing ‘drug liaison workers’ to reduce alcohol and other drug related violence in Victorian Emergency Departments (‘Hospitals overhauled to cope with drug and alcohol violence’, Herald Sun, Jan 25), but questioned the project’s capacity to support systemic responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.

Read more: ReGen queries AOD focus for Victorian Emergency Departments (25/01/13)

Melbourne, VIC, 5th February 2013 – UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall), the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today acknowledged the increased presence of Victoria police at Melbourne music events (‘Almost 40 drug arrests at Above & Beyond music event at Hisense Arena’, Herald Sun, February 3rd).

Read more: ReGen highlights importance of drug diversion programs following festival arrests (05/02/13)

Melbourne, Tuesday December 18th: In releasing a new evaluation report on the shared delivery of Family Drug Help’s Action for Recovery Course (ARC), UnitingCare ReGen (formerly UnitingCare Moreland Hall) and Family Drug Help at sharc today confirmed their commitment to working in partnership to support families affected by alcohol and other drug use.  Both agencies recognised that the evaluation findings demonstrated the benefits of integrated service responses in improving the accessibility of treatment and support services for affected families.

Read more: Evaluation shows partnership provides effective support to families (18/12/12)