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Community attitude research on alcohol and other drugs – executive report

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Publication date: 
January 2017
Publication type: 
Report
Intended audience: 
General public
Description: 

This report summarises the research methods used to gather information about community attitudes and behaviour about illicit drugs. It provides an overview of:

  • young people’s issues
  • parents’ perspectives
  • attitudes towards information, support and treatment
  • effective ways to communicate about drugs

The researchers recommend 3 potential communication strategies:

  • highlighting the dangers of drugs to young people
  • reinforcing the risks of drug taking among young people
  • encouraging heavy drug users to seek help