Let's talk about it

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

If you’ve already abandoned your New Years’ resolution and need a new one; we’ve got you covered. This year, it’s time to ditch any preconceived ideas you might have about drug users because those stereotypes are well past their use by dates.

Drug addiction doesn’t discriminate. So, throw away any preconceived ideas you may have about what addicts look like and/or how they act.

Millions of Australians are using, or have used, illicit drugs at some point in their lives. Many of us routinely use legal drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and prescription medicines. They can even become problematic for some, with their use spilling over into work time.

This creates challenges for workers and employers. One of the greatest challenges is setting aside the stigma that goes with drug use to be able to work with the affected people appropriately and sensitively. This approach makes it easier for them to seek treatment quickly. If we don’t treat this with the care it deserves, we are making it harder for people to seek help and more difficult for our local employers to find and keep their skilled workforce.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be running a series of Beyond Ice articles. We won’t be talking about the usual stereotypes and we won’t bore you with statistics. Instead we want to challenge you to think differently about drug use in the workplace, so we can begin to remove the stigma of getting treatment for drug use.

If you’re a business owner, who is dealing with this issue, we can offer you HR advice about how you might work with any of your staff, who may have or have had problematic drug issues.

Join us for breakfast on Tuesday 16 April and hear from human resources consultant Linda Griffiths-Brown. Is problematic drug use an issue for your business? A limited number of free HR consultations are available and you can sign up for one of these at the workshop.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

7:30 am to 9 am

Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway,

29-37 Ryley Street, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

Free (cooked breakfast)

RSVP by 12 April 2019.

This article appeared in the Wangaratta Chronicle - we thank them for supporting our initiative.


Since 2015 the Wangaratta Local Drug Action Team has been working with its community to improve awareness of the facts and issues surrounding drug use.

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