A suite of seven community focused resources have been revamped through DEN’s partnership with Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF).
These pamphlets provide information for common questions in the community, including topics such as specific information about a substance (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis), how to have conversations with loved ones (talking about drugs with your children, what to do if you’re worried about someone else), and how to keep yourself safe and healthy (party safe, how are you doing).
Beginning June 2018, DEN and ALDAF collaborated a project to revitalise the co-created resources that ALDAF has been distributing to the community for several years. Through feedback, community members have told us that these resources were valuable, however with the passage of time the information and images were becoming dated.
Over a number of months DEN and ALDAF collaborated closely to examine the resources available to the community, gaps in knowledge, and the strengths of the existing resources. Through this process, the partners focused on seven initial pamphlets that updated the existing resources or targeted areas of concern.
These new and updated brochures will be distributed and made available to the community through the ALDAF shop, via the DEN website, and through the partner’s various networks of collaborators and Lions clubs.
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Read the Suite
Click on a title to view a flipbook of the resource (mobile friendly):
- Alcohol… Is it just a drink?
- Cannabis… is it just a weed?
- How are you doing?
- Nicotine… is it just smoke?
- Party Safe
- Talking about Alcohol and Drugs
- Worried about someone’s alcohol and other drug use?
In 1986, ALDAF founded a small resource project named The Lion’s DEN, intending to provide expert information and resources to the Tasmanian community. From this initial 15 month project, The Lions DEN transformed into the Drug Education Network and the two organisations have had a close working relationship ever since. ALDAF and DEN have worked together on co-creating and distributing resources from the beginning.
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“Alcohol… is it just a drink?”
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“Cannabis… is it just a weed?”
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“How are you doing?”
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“Nicotine… is it just smoke?”
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- Benowitz, NL, Hukkanen, J, & Jacob, P 2009, ‘Nicotine Chemistry, Metabolism, Kinetics and Biomarkers’, Handbook of experimental pharmacology, , no. 192, pp. 29–60, <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2953858/>.
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- Health, AGD of n.d., ‘E-cigarettes’ <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mc16-031907-reduce-the-harm-from-tobacco>.
- RACGP – Nicotine replacement therapy n.d., <https://www.racgp.org.au/clinical-resources/clinical-guidelines/key-racgp-guidelines/view-all-racgp-guidelines/supporting-smoking-cessation/pharmacotherapy/nicotine-replacement-therapy>.
- Sanner, T & Grimsrud, TK 2015, ‘Nicotine: Carcinogenicity and Effects on Response to Cancer Treatment – A Review’, Frontiers in Oncology, vol. 5, <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4553893/>.
“Party Hard, but Party Safe.”
- Youth Law Australia n.d., Youth Law Australia, Youth Law Australia, <https://yla.org.au/>.
“Talking with young people about drugs”
- Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training, Lois Meyer, & Helen Cahill 2004, ‘Principles for School Drug Education’.
- Devine, R 2016, This is what kids learn about drugs and alcohol in primary school, Kidspot, <https://kidspot.com.au/school/primary/learning-and-behaviour/this-is-what-kids-learn-about-drugs-and-alcohol-in-primary-school/news-story/96779bab3cb75709a8606a737ddc6d92>.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA USA) 2003, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators and Community Leaders (2nd Ed.), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health, <https://d14rmgtrwzf5a.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/preventingdruguse_2_1.pdf>.
- Robertson, EB, Sims, BE, & Reider, EE 2016, Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood, National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Healtha nd Human Services, viewed 8 March 2019, <https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-substance-abuse-prevention-early-childhood/table-contents>.
“Worried about someone’s alcohol and other drug use?”
- Australia, H 2019, How to help someone with a drug problem, <https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/how-to-help-someone-with-a-drug-problem>.
- Drug Education Network 2018, ‘The Brief Intervention Scaffold’, <http://www.den.org.au/resources>.
- Supporting a loved one – Alcohol and Drug Foundation n.d., <https://adf.org.au/alcohol-drug-use/supporting-a-loved-one/>.