Drug Action Week (June 16 to 22, 2013) is an annual national awareness initiative endorsed by the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). Drug Action Week aims to raise awareness about alcohol and other drug issues and celebrates the achievements of individuals who work to reduce the effects of alcohol and drug-related misuse.
The central theme for Drug Action Week 2013 is “Drugs, Communities and Families”. To spread this central message ADCA will focus on the following daily themes:
- Monday 17 June: Illicit Drugs/Stimulants/Inhalants
- Tuesday 18 June: Alcohol/Tobacco
- Wednesday 19 June: Pharmaceuticals (both script and non-script)
- Thursday 20 June: Families/Youth Issues
- Friday 21 June: Building Resilience in Communities.
In 2010, 2 in 5 Australians aged 12 years and over drank in excess, placing them at risk of an alcohol-related injury from a single drinking occasion (Drugs in Australia 2010: Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)). The report also found that 14.7% of Australians aged 14 years and above used an illicit drug in 2010. This was a 1.3% increase from 2007. Alarmingly, circa 8% of Australians have had a drug use disorder, including harmful use, abuse and/or dependence (Drugs in Australia 2010: Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, AIHW).
In recognition of the central theme “Drugs, Communities and Families”, Macquarie Regional Library, have organised an interactive alcohol awareness display perfect for youths, parents and all age groups. The public are invited to find out the answers to the following questions on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June from 3-5pm.
- Can you pour a “standard” drink?
- Do you know how much alcohol affects your judgement?
- Can you manoeuvre your way through an obstacle course wearing beer goggles?
Western NSW Local Health District in partnership with Resilience @ Apollo House, Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), Dubbo City Council, and NSW Housing will also be distributing footballs with an anti-drug and alcohol message at Luna Park (Cnr Myall St & Wheelers Ln) on Wednesday 19 June, 3-4:30pm.
Health Promotion and Prevention Officer, Elissa Magner said the “Chase Your Dream, Stay Fit and Clean” anti-drug and alcohol design was created by a group of 27 youths from Apollo Estate and Mission Australia’s Leadership and Cultural Development Program.
“Having the youths collaboratively design the slogan and artwork ensures a sense of belonging, purpose and ownership,” said Ms Magner.
The afternoon in Luna Park will involve a Country Rugby League coaching clinic lead by Ronny Gibbs and David Peachey; a free BBQ; and distribution of “Chase Your Dream, Stay Fit and Clean” footballs to the community of Apollo Estate.
For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Health Promotion and Prevention Officer, Elissa Magner on (02) 6881 4165