Drug questions answered

Q&A. No drug-related question will go unanswered when parents are invited to ask about drug use as Rural Health presents its second forum in Smithton next month.

‘Drug Forum Part 2’ follows on from the forum held in Smithton in October last year, however is aimed at educating parents and carers about the risk factors and harms associated with drug use, as well as signs of drug use to look for in a child or loved one.

Guest speaker Geoff Munro from the Australian Drug Foundation will take to the stage to discuss drug effects on a young person’s brain, their body and behaviour and ‘what if’ scenarios.

He will also provide real strategies to help children avoid drugs and suggest protective influences.

Mr Munro will then join a panel of community experts to answer any questions from the audience.

There will be an opportunity to ask confidential questions via text on the night, with a mobile number available for the purpose during the event.

Mr Munro’s experience in the alcohol and other drugs field includes senior roles in policy, training, education, community development and research in government and non-government sectors.

His specialty is drug prevention policy and practice in the settings of education, sporting and other community events.

Drug Forum Part 2 forms part of Rural Health’s early intervention and prevention program, which has been providing professionals, parents and children with up-to-date information on how to build resilience in their families and communities.

Rural Health chief executive officer Robert Waterman said building protective values and behaviours helps children avoid drug and alcohol problems and mental illness.

“By parents understanding this process and helping their children to develop these skills means they are less likely to run into problems with drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness,” he said.

“Children with strong protective values and behaviours are more likely to thrive and reach their potential, and if they do encounter problems, they find it much easier to get back on track.

“The forum is a must for all parents that want to see their children pursue a happy, healthy lifestyle.”

Rural Health will host Drug Forum Part 2 on Tuesday October 20 from 6.45pm, at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre.

It is a free event, however bookings through Rural Health are essential.

If you are concerned about drug use in yourself or someone you know, contact Rural Health on 6452 1266.

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