Prevention and education

To prevent drug use, it is important to work with communities to create strong families and links between individuals and the community [23510]. The stronger a community is, the less likely people will want to start taking drugs.

A number of prevention and education programs have been implemented that aim to prevent the uptake and reduce harms from amphetamines and cocaine, particularly ice (crystal methamphetamine). These programs seek to help communities work together to address ice use as well as provide evidence-based resources [32287].

Cracks in the ice is an example of an online web resource which provides trusted, evidence-based information and resources about ice for the community. There is a specific section for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [32896] .

Breakthrough: Families Understanding Addiction in Victoria and Breakthrough for Families in Queensland provide support for anyone who is concerned about ice use by a partner, family member or friend. One of the core focus areas of the program is education, which includes information about ice, its impact and why people use it.


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