Teenagers, alcohol and other drugs – 20 Feb

If you are a parent or carer of a teenager in Years 7 to 12 from any school on the Central Coast (or beyond) come along to this FREE event at Central Coast Grammar School Performing Arts Centre – Thursday 20 February 6pm to 7.30pm.

Leading drug education expert, Paul Dillon will talk about the use of alcohol and other drugs by young people. Paul will focus on changing patterns of alcohol use and discuss a number of hot topics like ‘nanging’, ecstasy/MDMA, pill testing and vaping.

The talk aims to empower families with a positive message and assist you in having an open and honest discussion in this complex area. Together we’ll look at the positive influence families can have as well as the barriers you may be facing.

Paul has been working in the area of drug education for more than 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education. He has worked extensively with a range of sporting organisations including the Australian Cricketers Association, the Rugby Union Players Association and the Football Federation of Australia to provide training workshops to elite athletes on a range of alcohol and other drug issues.

With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul regularly provides media comment and is regarded as a key social commentator in Australia, appearing on a wide range of television programs including Sunrise, TODAY and The Project discussing topical issues. Paul also had a regular spot on a national radio program on Triple J for seven years where he dealt with current youth drug issues. Paul also has a blog where he discusses topical issues of the day, as well as addressing some of the questions and queries he is regularly asked by those attending his presentations. For more information visit http://darta.net.au/biographical-information/.

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