Expert provides information and practical advice on drugs and alcohol
Expert in drug and alcohol education, Paul Dillon, spoke with Years 10 to 12 boys this week. Armed with the latest research on drug usage patterns, consequences and key practical tips, Mr Dillon was well received by the boys, who appreciated his engaging and direct style.
With more than 25 years of experience in drug education, Mr Dillon works with the Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia. He has been coming to the School for around 7 years to speak with students and parents, thanks to the financial contribution of the Parents’ Association.
Mr Dillon’s approach is to relate students in a practical and non-judgmental way. Each year he refreshes his presentations with new information and tailors the message for the most likely influences for each age group, based on the principle to be prepared by knowing the risks and planning ahead.
Year 10s this year had a double period, which covered the latest findings on usage patterns for alcohol and illicit drugs. These figures demonstrated the comforting fact that the majority of adolescents in their age group have not experimented with and are not regular users of alcohol and drugs. He also provided a focus on cannabis use and risks including impact to mental health.
Mr Dillon also encouraged the boys to help their mates by being informed on how to help if drugs or alcohol has adversely affected them. He debunked myths and explained the best responses to help save a life.