Why do some young people develop problems with substance abuse, while others do not? Is it bad luck, biology or poor choices?
While most young people will experiment with alcohol and other drugs, only a small percentage will ever develop a drug problem.
However, those who do face substance abuse issues are more likely to become involved in crime, experience homelessness and come into contact with the child protection system. They also have higher rates of past sexual abuse, self-injury and disconnection from school.
Understanding how these factors relate is essential for effective policy and intervention.
An RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies event today, Wednesday 10 May, will explore issues surrounding recent research into youth crime and justice.
The event will also feature the launch of Dr Kathryn Daley’s book, Youth and Substance Abuse, which draws on in-depth interviews with 61 young people involved in drug treatment services to unravel the links between disadvantage, drug use and crime, and presents pragmatic policy and program solutions.
An opening address by Liana Buchanan, Victoria’s Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People, will discuss the implications this research has for issues of youth crime and justice in Victoria, which are currently under intense public scrutiny.
It will be followed by a panel discussion which will focus on substance abuse by young people, and its implications for crime, justice and service delivery, with questions invited from the audience.
The panel will comprise:
- Dr Kathryn Daley, researcher in RMIT’s Centre for Applied Social Research and lecturer in policy, practice and social innovation.
- Ipsita Wright, Services Director, Youth Support + Advocacy Service
- Tara Schultz – research participant
When: Wednesday 10 May, 5.00–7.30pm
Where: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, The Victoria Room, Level 4, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
For interviews: Dr Kathryn Daley, 0412168361, (03) 9925 9926, email@example.com
For general media enquiries: David Glanz, 0438 547 723, (03) 9925 2807, firstname.lastname@example.org