Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009: consultation paper
Emphasis on prevention
In the context of the National Drug Strategy, prevention refers to measures that prevent or delay the onset of drug use as well as measures that protect against risk and prevent harm associated with drug supply and use.
Efforts in prevention need to be appropriate to the interventions and responses needed across the life cycle, with a particular focus on early intervention and the role that schools and other sectors can play in developing resilience and the right protective factors. To complement these approaches, prevention strategies need to be aimed at existing users, at-risk groups and the broader community. This will necessarily include targeted and broad based social marketing strategies.
The Preventative Health Taskforce has made a number of recommendations in relation to alcohol and tobacco. The next phase of the National Drug Strategy will need to take account of the Preventative Health Strategy and be implemented in co-operation with the Preventative Health Agency to be established in 2010.