Prevention and education

Some of the most common services provided for preventing drug use are health promotion and education campaigns which aim to provide culturally relevant information about drug use to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [888][6072]. Providing alternatives to drug use such as organised recreational activities including sport, art, music and cultural activities may also prevent drug use [3086][609][5602][26243].

There are health promotion and education programs run in schools and communities which focus on tackling illicit drug use, such as the 

program. This evidence-based program provides up-to-date information about drug use (including alcohol and tobacco) for parents, teachers and students. Resources on the website have been designed with a focus on education and prevention of harms. Many local community health services also run programs. An example is the

run in the North-West region of Western Australia. Since 2007 they have a team who work to provide communities in the area with information on the effects of alcohol and other drug use on physical and mental health for men, women, children and families.

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