Date of this Version

April 2001

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

This article is published in On Line opinion: (Australia's ejournal of social and political debate)
Wilson, P. (2001). Australia's drug policy - on the street to nowhere. On Line Opinion. 15 April.
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This article was first published in The Courier-Mail on 3 April 2001.


[Extract]...Official Queensland statistics show the number of young people receiving attendance notices or summons to appear before court has risen dramatically in recent years. Drug use is undoubtedly one of the reasons for this increase. But juvenile courts offer little in the way of sentences that involve adequate drug treatment programs. Instead, juvenile courts tend to stigmatise young drug users as "delinquents", thereby driving them further into a drug culture. Without adequate long-term residential treatment programs our national youth anti-drug policy will quickly turn into a national disgrace – despite the huge amounts of money spent on glossy pamphlets and television advertisements.



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