Awareness of drugs and alcohol and their effects and treatment options available to the public will be the focus of Drug Action Week (19-25 June).
“Drug Action Week” is a national week of activities to raise awareness about alcohol and other drug issues in Australia, said Ms Deanne Healey, Acting Team Leader, MERIT Program.
“Currently, in its fifteenth year, the event aims to provide a clear message to the community that treatment for alcohol and other drugs is effective,” she said.
To mark Drug Action Week, the Orange Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) Program is holding a free barbecue on Tuesday 21st June 2011 on the front verandah of the MERIT Building at 121 Byng Street, between 11am and 2pm.
Information about drugs and alcohol and their effects will be on display for the public at the barbecue. MERIT staff and service providers will be present on the day to answer any queries that anyone may have surrounding drugs and alcohol in the community.
“The aim of this event is to inform the community about a wide range of treatment options available to people whose lives have been affected by drug or alcohol use and generally raising awareness of drug or alcohol abuse,” said Ms Healey.
“It is a good opportunity to obtain information and advice about drugs and alcohol,” she said.
This year's theme for Drug Action Week is "Looking After YOUR Mind".
For more information on Drug Action Week go to www.drugactionweek.org.au