ERIC Number: ED418371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Drugs and Young People: Turning the Tide. St. Catharine's Conference (Windsor, England, United Kingdom, June 1997). Conference Report No. 59.
Establishing a British national strategy to tackle youth drug use would seem an obvious first step in solving the drug problem. Some ideas for remedying the drug problem among young people are presented in this conference report. Drug abuse among children and adolescents throws up some complex issues and the obstacles to any coordinated, cross-agency approach are considerable. These obstacles mainly concern the operational autonomy enjoyed by the police and other agencies in the setting of strategies and agendas which invariably bring agencies into conflict, be it over resources, values, or personal interests. Many groups are working at cross-purposes, and there is growing confusion over roles and responsibilities in drug-education work generally. Attempts to deal with the problem are further exacerbated by the unfortunate "politicization" of the drug issue and the refusal of policy-making bodies to acknowledge the growing normalization of youth drug-taking and to set their policies accordingly. What is needed, it is claimed, is a thorough examination of potential alternative strategies, taken from new and innovative initiatives in operation across the country. It is suggested that an honest assessment of the real extent of drug-use in society be made. (MKA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Case Studies, Community Problems, Community Role, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Foreign Countries, National Programs, Police, Policy Formation, Responsibility, Secondary Education, Youth Problems
St. Catharine's Cumberland Lodge, The Great Part, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2HP, England, United Kingdom (2 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St. Catharine's, Windsor (England).
Identifiers: Drug Availability; Great Britain