Jun 14
Drugs, Communities And Family – Orange Gets Behind 2013 Drug Action Week

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.

This year in Orange, a free community BBQ Breakfast will be held on Thursday, 20th June 2013 at the MERIT Program Office at 121 Byng Street from 9am to 12noon. There will be information on display and readily available to the public. Service providers will also be present on the day to answer any queries that the community may have.

The aim of this event is to promote that no single treatment path is able to assist everybody in the same way. Individuals are likely to require different approaches. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the event will relay to the community that local services take a collaborative approach to drug and alcohol treatment.

This event is an ideal opportunity for anybody to source information, have a chat and have a free breakfast. This event is available to all community members, young and old.

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).

Local Businesses have supported the MERIT Program for Drug Action Week by providing donations of food and beverages as well as some very useful resources. The MERIT Program would like to extend a thankyou for the generosity to all those involved in assisting with making this event a success.


Media Contact:

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Deanne Healey, Acting Team Leader, MERIT Program on (02) 6392 6800.