The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has flagged a report titled Australians and Cannabis which provides some interesting information about the attitude of Australians toward cannabis.
The most interesting data from the survey:
1. A hardening in attitude of younger age groups toward cannabis use
2. A greater belief that governments should be doing more about cannabis use
3. That only 10% of those surveyed sourced health information from a drug or alcohol service.
The last point fascinates me in particular – usage rates of drug and alcohol services on a health promotion level have traditionally been low, but it seems that not a lot of progress has been made. Are agencies getting better at education via traditional or new media sources or is there still the issue of professionals sitting in their agencies waiting for their community to interact with them? I find it hard to believe that such a philosophy would exist. Has anyone got thoughts to share?