Preventing alcohol and drug problems in your community
Prevention Research, June 2014
We can’t rely on governments or harm reduction measures any longer to reduce the number of people who die or suffer each year from entirely preventable alcohol and other drug (AOD) related causes. Grassroots community prevention programs can have a significant impact on reducing these harms.
Prevention can be challenging, but this publication looks at best practice approaches to prevention that communities can use to help them achieve the greatest impact from their programs and campaigns.
Communication technologies have brought sweeping changes to contemporary society and the way we interact. Social media in particular is enjoying unprecedented popularity among Australian consumers, who actively engage with it on a regular basis.
Through a growing selection of social media platforms, health promoters have a chance to collaborate with their audiences as they interact with their networks, upload images, ‘like’ and share stories, express personal sentiments and ‘check in’ at various geographic locations. The scale and velocity of social media make it an essential tool for health promotion.
Please note: Since this document was published the term ‘new and emerging drugs’ (NEDs) has been replaced by the term ‘new psychoactive substances’ (NPS).
New recreational drugs are emerging at an unprecedented rate and represent one of the biggest challenges in the alcohol and other drug field for 2013. In this issue of Prevention Research, Stephen Bright asks the question, ‘Are new and emerging drugs a public health crisis waiting to happen?’ and looks at how clinicians, allied health and youth workers, researchers and policy makers can respond.
Responding to the needs of children and parents in families experiencing alcohol and other drug problems
Prevention Research Quarterly, May 2012
The range of harms that an individual may experience from their use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) has been widely documented. More recently, greater attention has been paid to the way in which problematic AOD use can harm others, including children. As a consequence, there is a growing expectation that health and community services providing AOD treatment and support to individuals also consider and address broader family needs.