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Federal Government leaves young people in the dark over drugs.

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Nicola Roxon MP Shadow Minister for Children and Youth

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Federal Government leaves young people in the dark over drugs

The Victorian Government’s recently launched media campaign directed at young people and illicit drug use highlights the Federal Government’s refusal to deal with this issue.

“Young people are often exposed to drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and heroin - maybe even more so during the holiday period coming up - and the Federal Government wants to pretend it just doesn’t happen.”

“The Federal Government is sitting on a Report by its own experts evaluating drug education programs. The Report was completed 18 months ago and still hasn’t been released.”

“State Governments around the country are realising the importance of this issue, but the Federal Government is dragging its feet.”

“I wrote to both the Federal Minister for Education and the Minister for Youth last week asking them to urgently release this Report but have heard nothing.”

“While the recent fall in heroin-related deaths has been welcomed by all, drug abuse is still a major problem for our young people.

“The Report paid for by the federal Government might help us run education programs and campaigns more effectively in the future - so what are we waiting for?”

“The Government must release the Report, allow for public debate and take action on this issue as a matter of priority.”

19 December 2001