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By Liesa and Jaslyn
Transcript of By Liesa and Jaslyn
Health Concerns of Youth
How does it impact youth?
Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcohol and drug use are major problems that teenagers face today. This can include substance misuse of easily attainable products (such as petrol, paint, medication, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and glue), use of illicit drugs or legal substances are also common. The most common case of substance misuse is with alcohol.
Alcohol and Drug Use in Teenagers
Public Health Programs
There are a number of public health programs that specilise in helping drug and alcahol affected youth like: Odyssey House, YSAS and Head Space.
YSAS (Youth Support Advocacy Service) provides a range of programs and services for young people aged 12 to 21 years who are experiencing significant problems related to their alcohol or drug use.
One of the day programs provides you with a range of services and support to improve your health and wellbeing if you're affected with drugs and alcohol. These services include a primary health clinic, access and referral to other support services, therapeutic and skill building programs, supervised recovery spaces and basic assistance including food packs, showers and washing machines.
Odyssey House Youth & Family Services provides a range of outreach and centre-based programs and services to young people aged 12 – 24 years and their families.
The service aims to reduce a young person’s alcohol or other drug use and to minimise the harms caused by any current use. The program also helps participants to manage other problems like mental health, education, family and legal issues.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year old, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ well being. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work/study support and alcohol and other drug services.
Benefits of Public Health Services
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
By Liesa and Jaslyn
The results of this 20 person survey demonstrate and outline the key concerns of the Australian youth. The most common health concern as evident in this survey is sleep. Some other of the top health concerns include anxiety, stress and depression. Sleep is a key concern of young people showing 15/20 people stating it as one of their main health concerns.
Alcohol and drug abuse takes a huge toll on the users life. It negetively impacts almost all diamentions of that persons life. Short term effects include bad mental health (feeling anxious, agitated, moody, down, flat or unmotivated). Long term use can result in more damaging and
permanent effects. Such as altering your perceptions, changing your emotions, affecting your neurontransmitters and brain function and overall slwing down your brains functions.
1. Most public health services provide health clinics, access and referral to other support services.
2. They also offer skill building programs, supervised recovery spaces and basic assistance.
3. They're generally free.
1. Methadone Maintenance
-Methadone is an opioid medication.
Methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the "high" associated with the drug addiction.
2. Educating people rather than criminalising them
3. Syringe Exchange Programs
-Needles can carry a many life-threatening and fatal infections such as hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS.
-Needle Syringe Programs (NSP’s) operate in every state. These centers offer clean syringes and safe injecting equipment as well as information about safe injecting and ‘sharp bins’, where used needles can be safely disposed, there are areas that offer mobile outreach, delivery and pickup of used syringes. YSAS runs a needle exchange program at Abbotsford Day Program.