They tried to make me go to rehab... young offenders and drug use

9 May 2012

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The last young people in custody health survey showed that 89% of young offenders had tried illicit drugs, with cannabis (87%) the most common used. As well, 65% had used an illicit drug at least weekly in the year prior to custody, 65% reported committing crime to obtain alcohol or drugs and 20% were intoxicated (on alcohol, drugs or both) at the time of their offence.

This seminar will look at:

  • the latest research on cannabis use amongst young offenders
  • an innovative intervention program specifically designed for young people with low literacy skills
  • the effect of being caught with small amounts of drugs and their subsequent entanglement in the justice system
  • alternatives to incarceration


Melanie Simpson, Senior Research Officer/PhD Candidate, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

Geoff Wilkinson Program Manager, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Juvenile Justice

Jane Sanders, Principal Solicitor, Shopfront Youth Legal Centre

This event is sponsored by Juvenile Justice NSW.

Time: 6-8pm (registration from 5:30pm)

Location: Foyer (level 2), Sydney Law School, Camperdown Campus

Cost: Free however registration is essential

Contact: Event Coordinator

Phone: 9351 0248

Email: 2f393f572732015d153601151f1d2d301c1b3c033a56352d