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For better or worse, alcohol and other substances are part of many of our cultural rituals, that probably won’t change. But preventing young people from setting off on a self-destructive path by equipping them with information about the dangers associated with intoxication and illicit drugs has to be a good thing.

Experimentation with substances use usually begins during the early teens. If harm is to be minimised, schools will need students to engage with drug and alcohol prevention programs.

But how do you engage students on this challenging topic? How do you know your current approach is actually working? What is the best way to educate and inform young people and equip them with the right tools? Do you have the right expertise? What do you do?

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