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Is drug use an issue for young people?

A question that many school communities discuss and reflect upon is should schools provide students with specific drug knowledge?

Associate Professor Richard Midford from Curtain University of Technology discusses many of the key questions associated with the drug education debate.

Key questions and insights

  • Is drug use an issue for young people?
  • What does the research show us about drug use by young people?
  • What are the implications for drug education in schools?
  • Should schools provide students with specific drug knowledge?

Drug education: An EFFECTIVE UNDERTAKING FOR SCHOOLS

Professor Steve Allsop from Curtain University of technology discusses the issues around drug education in schools.

Key questions and insights

  • Is drug use an issue for young people?
  • The majority of young people don’t use drugs in a hazardous or harmful way
  • What does the research show us about young people and drugs?
  • What are the implications of whole of community and whole of school approach?
  • How do we create confident and capable young people?
  • What role do schools, media, politicians, parents, broader community play to ensure that young people can live safely in a drug using world?
  • What are the implications for drug education regarding the complexity of drug use and drug related harm? : Recognise the complexity of drug use and drug related harm and sits within a context of a range of responses?
  • What elements should drug education include? - Informed decisions, equip with skills and strategies to manage the variety of situations, target the drugs that are most concern and most harm.
  • What is the most effective way for schools to target drug education?
  • Who are the best people to deliver drug education?
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