The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) has released a report into the opinions of young people around AOD issues. With the help of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), 2,300 young people aged 16-25 were surveyed.
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Some of the strong beliefs are reported by ANCD:
- Supporting access to drug treatment services, including drug withdrawal treatment and residential rehabilitation.
- Supporting harm reduction measures – over two-thirds supported needle and syringe programs, regulated injecting facilities, and the availability of pill testing equipment or kits
- Supporting government intervention only when a person’s drug use is causing harm to someone else
- Supporting policies that help them to access accurate, balanced, relevant drug information and education; they would like to be free to make informed decisions about the risks, or benefits, of using drugs
- Supporting approaches to new and emerging psychoactive substances with regulation and opposing outright bans
- Supporting the legalization of personal use of cannabis, with a preference for education and treatment being the first line response by governments.
- Opposing measures that are designed to restrict alcohol availability, including restricted trading hours, increased prices and reduced numbers of outlets selling alcohol
- Opposing the use of sniffer dogs in public places