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Youth and Substance Abuse: Panel discussion and booklaunch

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Youth and Substance Abuse:
Panel discussion and booklaunch


Why is it that some young people come to develop problems with substance abuse while others don’t? Is it bad luck, biology, or bad choice?

While most young people will experiment with alcohol and other drugs, only a small percentage of this population will ever develop a drug problem. However, those who do develop substance abuse issues are more likely to be involved in crime, experience homelessness and have had contact with the child protection system. They also have higher rates of past sexual abuse, self-injury, and disconnection from school.

Understanding how these factors relate is essential for effective policy and intervention.

This event will be opened by Liana Buchanan, Commissioner for Children and Young People, who will be speaking about the implications this research has for issues of youth crime and justice in Victoria which are currently under intense public scrutiny.

Following Liana’s keynote, there will be a panel discussion with questions invited from the audience. The panel will include:
  • Kathryn Daley – Lecturer in Policy, Practice and Social Innovation, and Researcher in the Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University. Author of Youth and Substance Abuse.
  • Ipsita Wright – Director of Services, Youth Support + Advocacy Service
  • Tara Schultz – Research participant, Policy Student

The panel discussion will be followed by the launch of Kathryn Daley’s new book, Youth and Substance Abuse, which draws on in-depth interviews with 61 young people involved in drug treatment services to unravel the links between disadvantage, drug use and crime, and offers pragmatic policy and program solutions.

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