Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science

    Linking young people with ‘real facts’ on drug use

    9/09/2018 9:05 AM
    • New campaign launched to link young people with credible and accurate information on illicit drugs
    • Drug Aware sharing real facts on the physical, social and emotional harms of taking drugs 

    Public transport, social media and radio will be sharing the message that Drug Aware is Western Australia's source of credible and accurate information when it comes to illicit drugs use and related harms, with a new education campaign set to launch today.


    The new Drug Aware 'Real Facts' campaign seeks to increase awareness of the potential health, social and legal consequences of drug use, by linking young people with accurate information about illicit drugs. 


    In 2016, about one in six people aged 14 years or older used an illicit drug or misused a pharmaceutical drug in Western Australia. About one in three young people aged 20 to 29 years reported an increased rate of use.


    However, recent data shows that young people are seeking information and increasingly using Drug Aware as a credible source.


    The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring young people have access to credible information and education on the serious harms associated with alcohol and other drugs as research shows young people are the most at risk of harm, when it comes to drug use, which can impact the rest of their lives.


    The campaign is one part of a comprehensive approach in WA that aims to prevent and reduce harmful alcohol and other drug use, and provide treatment and support to those who need it.


    The campaign will run until October 14, 2018. Visit http://www.drugaware.com.au for more information or to see the campaign resources.


    If you, or someone you know, needs help contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country).


    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "Drug Aware is Western Australia's factual and credible source of information that highlights what drugs are, what they are made of, and the effects they can have on your mind and body.


    "The last thing we want is our young people receiving false or misleading information about drugs, either from friends, or elsewhere on the internet.


    "Ultimately, we don't want our young people to be taking illicit drugs at all, and the more we can provide this accurate information to young people, their schools, and their parents, the more likely we are to prevent illicit drug use and minimise harm in the community."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500