A memorial service will be held at the Salvation Army Bridge Program this Thursday, 30 August ahead of International
Overdose Awareness Day (Friday, 31 August).
To be held at the Hobart Bridge Centre in New Town at 12.30 pm, the service will take place at a memorial garden that
has been restored by a team of volunteers.
Salvation Army Bridge Program Manager Penny Chugg said that they would be welcoming family and friends of current
and past clients to the memorial and remembrance service.
“As an organisation we strive to reduce the harms associated with substance use and to reduce overdose in our
community through education and effective substance use treatment,” Ms Chugg said.
This event will be dedicated to those no longer with us through overdose and substance misuse.”
ATDC chief executive officer, Alison Lai said that International Overdose Awareness Day was an important opportunity
to raise awareness that most overdose deaths can be avoided.
“The majority of drug overdose induced deaths in Australia are from pharmaceutical opioid drugs that people
take for pain relief,” Alison said.
“Most of these deaths are accidental, with the risk of an overdose being higher for those taking different
drugs at the same time, including alcohol.
“We also know that middle-aged males living in regional areas are particularly at risk.”
With more people dying each year from accidental overdose than through car accidents or accidental drownings, Alison
encouraged people to take care and seek advice when using pharmaceutical drugs.
State Manager of the Bridge Program Penny Chugg, and ATDC chief executive officer Alison Lai will be available for
interview. To respect the privacy of individuals, no past or current clients of the Salvation Army Bridge Program will be
available for photographs.
Who are the ATDC? The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council is the peak body representing the interests of the
community sector organisations that provide services to people with substance use issues in Tasmania. A membershipbased,
independent organisation, the ATDC advocates for adequate support and funding for the delivery of evidencebased
alcohol, tobacco and other drug initiatives.
What is the Salvation Army Bridge Program? The Bridge Program has been in use in Australia for over 40 years
providing for the recovery needs of people with alcohol or other drug addictions. Part of the Salvation Army network of
services, the Bridge Program works with individuals and families through residential and day programs.
Alison Lai Chief Executive Officer Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania