ERIC Number: ED165229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Education and Drugs. Report of the Education Sub-Committee of the Alcohol and Drug Authority.
Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.
In Australia, drug and alcohol education should be an integral part of a total health education program with an emphasis on developing student decision-making powers. The use of explicit information about drugs and attempts to scare people away from drugs may actually be counterproductive and encourage drug abuse. The teacher is the primary health educator in the school, and speakers on health from outside the school must be used in moderation. There are a number of shortcomings in the current provision of drug and health education. There must be stronger support for health education, commencing in the primary school. A number of agencies are available for drug education and counselling. Greater coordination of all agencies is called for. There should be more opportunities for continuing education for health teachers. Many groups in the community can benefit from health education programs. The mass media may at times inadvertantly encourage drug use and ought to be more responsible. Legislators ought to keep an open mind about the desirability of legal sanctions against drug use. Related materials in the appendix include surveys of student drug use, a proposed drug education program, and a recommendation for the principal's response to drug abuse in the school. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.