Pondering Pot’s Article On Recommendations By Australia’s “Public communications campaigns targeting drug and substance abuse inquiry” Just Illustrates The Non Reality Of Life That These Bodies Live Under

Here’s the Pondering Pot article which is well worth a read

Australian committee recommends fighting the failing war on cannabis by doing the same thing

As they point out the median age of people on the committee is around 50 years old and we’d guess by the tone of their language not one of them has ever smoked a joint !

here are their Kafkaesque suggestions designed for the government’s mates in advertising make ad campaigns that are laughably sad because they are clueless about the reality of illegal drug culture outside their mate who deals in the best coke

Our suggestion – the knock off age for people on these committees should be about 25 and they really need some 14 year olds highlighting what’s going on because, as with anywhere else, the runners are now aged between 12-14 and if anybody knows how the cannabis black market is operating, they do.

 

Pondering Pot report the recommendations made by the commission. I don’t dare think how much it cost to get to this point. If they wanted I could I have written the following up between morning tea and lunch and only charged them say $20K .

 

Here are the four recommendations they came up with:

Recommendation 1

The committee recommends the Australian Government implement a new public communications campaign via the National Drugs Campaign that will support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to reduce current and future illicit drug demand. The campaign should include the targeted use of social media.

Recommendation 2

The committee recommends future Australian Government communications campaigns include the following characteristics:

  • contain targeted messages on the dangers of illicit drug use to key cohorts;
  • reflect the lived experiences of illicit drug users and also the experiences of trusted people, such as teachers and healthcare workers, to establish behavioural change;
  • provide information on addiction treatment off-ramps;
  • include a national schools element that will take a multi-component approach to developing protective factors and involve the national education community in its design and implementation;
  • be based on appropriately detailed and considered research and, prior to commencement, have in place both quantitative and qualitative measures for efficacy; and,
  • take a long-term approach of at least 3-5 years and include a sustained approach to key cohorts over that entire period

Recommendation 3

The committee recommends the Australian Government establish a formal mechanism to ensure that Commonwealth, State and Territory law enforcement bodies have a strong, equal voice in developing policies and strategies to reduce illicit drug demand, including drug treatment services.

Recommendation 4

The committee recommends the Australian Government support research, potentially by the Australian Institute of Criminology, into the efficacy of addiction treatment programs in reducing drug-related crime recidivism.

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