Barossa Local Drug Action team report productive 2019

Photo: File
Photo: File

The Barossa Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) have reported on a productive year ahead of their next meeting hosted for early December in Lyndoch.

Spokesperson of Barossa LDAT and Southern Barossa Alliance chairman Simon Taylor said while there's been a break since their last gathering, it's certainly been a busy year for members with the roll out of their Sporting Club Community Action Plan (CAP).

This initiative focuses on providing the Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) harm prevention education program within the Barossa, Light and Gawler football and netball associations.

"Over 1300 people attended presentations by our partners The Sammy D Foundation, Psychmed and Family Drug Support," Mr Taylor said.

The plan was also extended to engage the regional high school students and flexible learning units on AOD harm prevention as well as funding a Mental Health Wellbeing Evening at Angaston Football Club.

At the presentations, more than over 700 community drug use surveys were completed, which the Sammy D Foundation kindly analysing and producing a report.

The LDAT has also continued to support the monthly Barossa Family Drug Support group meetings held at Lyndoch which provides counsellor and peer support for family and friends of people affected by Alcohol and Drug Dependence.

The key issues identified in the report are:

  • Regardless of age parties appear to be the top place for exposure to alcohol and other drugs. Other significant places of exposure include pubs and sporting clubs.
  • Over half of people indicated they had no exposure to illicit drugs.
  • Nine out of ten people indicated they did not use tobacco,illicit drugs or prescription drugs (not prescribed).
  • Alcohol use is prevalent within the community.
  • Large numbers of young people are aware of alcohol and illicit drug use in the community.
  • People are well aware of the potential harm of alcohol or drug use to their personal health, regardless of their actual level of usage.
  • Regardless of age, peer group pressure was identified as the most significant factor influencing the use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Seven out of 10 people believe the peer group discouraging use is the most important factor in preventing/discouraging young people from using alcohol and other drugs.
  • Alcohol/drug education identified as the most helpful in reducing the use of alcohol and other drugs for young people.
  • Family support, rehabilitation programmes and mental health support were identified as the most needed supports to reduce drug and alcohol harms in the region.
  • Crystal Methamphetamine (ice) use identified as the top concern in the region.

Barossa LDAT host their next meeting at the Lyndoch Library meeting room on Tuesday, December 10, 4pm-5.30pm with community members invited to attend.

For a copy of the meeting's agenda, email: anne.simon.taylor@bigpond.com