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Dalgarno Institute submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Communication Campaigns Targeting Drug and Substance Abuse

Drug traffic Illegal drugs Recreational drugs Illicit drug manufacture Drug use Australia

Illicit drug demand is at a critical juncture, particularly at a time where the Australian criminal drug manufacturing and distribution networks are well established, sophisticated and tremendously successful operations that are embedded within interrelated global systems.

But the abundant supply of illicit drugs always looks for greater penetration both in existing and expansion into new markets. Essentially, these syndicates are now pursuing the facilitation of greater drug demand. Therefore, this must also become the crucial area for positive public action in the form of clear, relevant and well-targeted information campaigns, with a particular emphasis on preventing and/or delaying the age of drug use initiation. Toward that aim, specific issues are addressed, alongside recommended action points in this submission.

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