‘On Thin Ice’ – Exhibition Opening

SSDP is very proud to have supported local Melbourne artist, Charlotte Clemens in her exhibition opening of ‘On Thin Ice’ last month. The exhibition reflects on Charlotte’s experience of supporting a family member through frequent methamphetamine and poly-drug use. Co-founder of SSDP Australia, Ash Blackwell, spoke on the limited access to drug treatment placing enormous pressure on families coping with problematic drug and alcohol use. Laurence Alvis, Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare Re-Gen, gave a wonderful speech on the reality of how rehabilitation services operate in Australia and the importance of building community support in fighting for better drug policies. The opening night was very well received by attendees who had no first hand experience of drug use in the family. We hope it built more awareness around what many families face in the context of dysfunctional prohibitive drug policies.

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