AYAC belives that rather than sensationalising and stigmatising young drug and alcohol users, the focus should be on preventing andminimising drug-related harms – especially mental and physical health problems, personal and family violence, andinvolvement with the criminal justice system. AYAC is particularly concerned with young people receiving criminalconvictions for minor drug offences, such as occasionally smoking cannabis that creates very little harm to themselves or toother people.
AYAC believes that…
• Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs should be treated as health issues, not criminal justice issues.
• Effective alcohol, tobacco and other drug policy must involve young people in their development, implementation and evaluation.
• All alcohol, tobacco and other drug policy, services and supports must be evidence-based and should support young people to make informed choices.
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