Drug prevention team formed in Great Southern
The newly formed action team is going to focus on strategies for young people. Sachin Khairnar
A new drug-use prevention team will be established in the Great Southern after receiving Federal Government funding to highlight the dangers of early teenage drinking and drugs such as methamphetamine.
The Lower Great Southern Local Drug Action Team for Albany, Denmark and Cranbrook will receive $10,000 from the Federal Government with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation after being one of 40 new teams created around the country.
The Local Drug Action Team is a partnership between Palmerston Association, Albany Youth Support Association and the existing Albany local drug action group and will be working with other services in the community to develop key messages to young people and parents. Palmerston senior prevention officer Sachin Khairnar said a community survey last year highlighted community concern about alcohol and young people in the region.
“We all are aware that young people are drinking younger than before and we also know that young people experiment with drugs, thus the newly formed action team is going to focus on strategies for young people,” he said.
“We are pleased that the Federal Government has provided funding to establish a Local Drug Action Team, as this will encourage local services to improve our collective collaboration.”
The LDAT is set to work with parents and guardians to raise their awareness of the dangers of early teenage drinking, particularly around brain development.
Mr Khairnar said the alcohol secondary supply law, which came into effect in 2015, making it an offence to supply under-18s with alcohol, was an important piece of legislation.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation State manager Greg Williams said the LDAT would play a key role in preventing harms from alcohol and other drugs in the area.