Campaign targets drugs, alcohol

A new regional attack on youth drug and alcohol problems is being planned.

Community Drug Action Teams (CDAT) from Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Evans Heads are to form an alliance aimed at producing cost-effective harm-minimisation campaigns to reduce problems in the areas.

It's an outcome that has sprung from a major drug, alcohol and mental health conference in Wollongong attended by MindRight Institute director and Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative (BUDDI) member, Nicqui Yazdi.

Ms Yazdi said Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Evans Heads had very similar problems with youth and drugs and alcohol, particularly at times of celebrations and holidays.

As well as forming an alliance with the other CDAT teams, Ms Yazdi said she also would be calling on the local alcohol industry for support for the campaign.

“I am planning that this will be up and running in time for the Christmas deluge.”

Ms Yazdi said there was a 'very high level of problems' in the Byron Bay area with people aged 16 to 24.

BUDDI is auspiced by Byron Youth Service.


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