Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    Launch of Como Senior High School's first Drug Awareness Week

    23/08/1999 9:37 AM

    Como Senior High School has set a great example of what can be done to work against the problem of drug abuse in the community, according to the Minister Responsible for WA Drug Abuse Strategy Rhonda Parker.

    At the launch of the school’s first Drug Awareness Week today, the Minister said the co-operative efforts of the School Health Committee, South Perth Local Drug Action Group, South East Metro Community Drug Service Team and South Perth Police had done much to raise awareness about drug abuse.

    “Como Senior High School is only the second school in the State to organise such a week,” she said.

    “A full week of events has been planned including drug education programs, activities with the police, a multi media program, an evening for parents, a breakfast discussing drug issues for year 11 and 12 students and the Suitcase Circus.”

    Mrs Parker said the week will help show that drug use is not the norm among students and that the vast majority make smart decisions to lead healthy, active lives and contribute as responsible members of their community.

    “Drug education in schools does work. To be effective it must also be part of a comprehensive approach involving the whole community,” the Minister said.

    Mrs Parker said the WA strategy against drug abuse, Together Against Drugs, includes public education programs, health and community support services, effective law enforcement and strong support for action at the local community level. The strategy also complemented the Safer WA initiative which sought local solutions to local problems.

    “A multifaceted effort is essential as no single strategy is enough and no single strategy can stand alone,” Mrs Parker said.

    Confidential information, counselling and referrals are available from the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 or the Parent Drug Information Service on 9442 5050 or 1800 653 203.

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