Although alcohol continues to be the most popular and problematic drug used by Australian secondary school students it is the use of illicit drugs such as ecstasy and methamphetamine (‘ice’) that many parents are most concerned about. Whereas alcohol may have been their drug of choice when they were younger, many parents have little understanding of a range of newer drugs, particularly those linked to the nightclub and dance scene.
This presentation will provide information on some of these substances, including prevalence rates amongst secondary school students, harms associated with their use and the changes we are seeing in how these drugs are being accessed by young people.
Paul Dillon has a unique investment in the wellbeing of young people. Founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, and a former school teacher, Paul continues to conduct drug information sessions and workshops for school students across Australia and internationally, in countries as diverse as the UK, the Phillipines, and Indonesia. He has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. His best-selling book for parents entitled 'Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs', was released in 2009. Paul's broad knowledge and insight sees him regularly appearing in the media, where he is regarded as a key social commentator, with interviews on programs such as Sunrise, Today and The 7PM Project and the 7.30 Report.
This presentation will be suitable for teachers of secondary age children.