Friday, 22 April 2016

Positive Choices : Drug education for teenagers

Research suggests the teenage years are when alcohol and other drug use are first initiated. This highlights the importance of intervening early with young people to prevent drug use uptake and associated harms.

Schools are an ideal place for these conversations to take place, with the potential for broad-ranging impact and tailoring of messages to suit students' developmental level. In parallel, parents should be engaged in these important discussions and provided with guidance about how to protect against drug related harms. Central to these activities is the need for accurate and credible evidence-based information that can be accessed by young people, their parents and teachers.

To meet this need, the Australian Government Department of Health funded the development of Positive Choices, an online portal that facilitates access to interactive evidence-based drug education resources for school communities.

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