Young people’s ideas about responding to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use

Date Commenced:
April 2012
Expected Date of Completion:
06/2013
Project Supporters:

Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)

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Project Members
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Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Francis Matthew-Simmons
Research Associate
Project Main Description

The project aims to investigate the opinions of young Australians about how the government and community should respond towards drug and alcohol use.

Rationale

Research has largely focussed on young people’s alcohol and drug use. However the investigation of young people’s opinions and ideas about policies, programs and control measures aimed at reducing the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs has, to date, been limited. As in all policy areas, sufficient consultation with the relevant stakeholders is an important part of the process of effective policy making. The voices of young people are thus critical in helping to develop successful responses to alcohol and other drug issues in Australia.

Aims

The aim of this study was to describe and better understand young people’s opinions about alcohol and other drug policy.

Design and Method

An online survey was designed which aimed to elicit opinions about a comprehensive and large array of policies, programs and control measures. This included prevention measures such as drug education in schools and mass media campaigns; alcohol regulation including alcohol pricing, monitoring of licensed premises and restrictions on late night trading; law enforcement activities such as police presence and sniffer dogs; treatment services including withdrawal, residential rehabilitation and pharmacotherapies; and harm reduction activities such as pill testing services and needle and syringe programs. The survey was administered via the internet and young Australians aged between 16 and 25 years were eligible to participate anonymously.

Progress/Update

Recruitment is complete with over 2,000 respondents surveyed.  Quantitative and qualitative data analysis is complete and the final report will be published by the ANCD.

Output

A report is due to be published by the ANCD in 2014.

Project Supporters

Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD)

Project Collaborators: External

Jozica Kutin, Youth Support and Advocacy Service

Andrew Bruun, Youth Support and Advocacy Service

Project Research Area
Project Status
Completed
Year Completed
2013
Date Commenced
April 2012

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