Drug Smart card appeals to youth

TAMWORTH youths between 12 and 17 will now have better access to information surrounding alcohol, cannabis and ecstasy following the introduction of the NSW Government Drug Smart campaign to the region.

Drug Smart is a fold out information card containing personal experiences of youth with alcohol and drugs.

The Northern Daily Leader took to the streets yesterday armed with the information cards, eager to find out young people’s reactions to them.

Thirteen-year-old Emma Smallwood from Tamworth said she was impressed with the credit card-sized packs.

“We usually learn about this kind of thing from school, but teachers won’t elaborate on the real-life consequences like this booklet does,” Emma said.

Friend Iesha Elia agreed saying the booklets would be widely accepted because of the real life stories they


“Real people have written their experiences in them and they seem to be around our age group so that makes them appealing to read,” Iesha said.

The card also hopes to dispel myths about some of the drugs that young people may encounter.

Member for Tamworth Peter Draper encouraged youths to pick up one of the cards available from his Fitzroy St office.

The cards contain important contact details of services that can give further information or help.

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