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Paul Dillon

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Week 3,
Term One, 2016

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We were thrilled to have Paul Dillon visit us again this week. In many ways, his was a “good news story” as the proportion of young people taking drugs is continuing to decline in most areas of concern.

It was also reassuring to see evidence supporting the fact: most young people are non-drinkers, non-smokers and have nothing to do with illegal substances. Paul reminded us that adults in Queensland who supply alcohol to minors, other than their own children in their own home, are breaking the law. This law applies even if minors smuggle alcohol into the house and consume it without the adults’ knowledge.

Throughout the sessions Paul held with students in Years 10, 11 and 12, much valuable advice was given. In particular, he helped dispel some of the myths about alcohol, and explained how to best care for a person who is intoxicated. We very much hope our students will not worry about “getting into trouble” when things do not go according to plan – contacting responsible adults or ringing 000 could be vital steps toward saving lives.

We ask parents of students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to discuss the issues raised by Paul at home. We commend to you Paul’s website and his book “Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs”. Tutors will be discussing the use and abuse of alcohol with our students over the coming weeks as well.

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