The 'Tackling Illegal Drugs Program' kicks-off in Murray Bridge on February 7

A program is being introduced this month to help local sporting clubs “tackle” issues surrounding illegal drugs, following a community drug and alcohol forum in Murray Bridge hosted by Tony Pasin in July last year which discussed Federal Government funded programs being put in place in the Murraylands.

In addition to the to the Murraylands Local Drug Action Team, announced in September last year, The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) are now rolling out the ‘Tackling Illegal Drugs’ module of the Good Sports Programme in Murray Bridge.

The forum, to be held on February 7 at the Imperial Football Club in Murray Bridge at 7pm, will kick the programme off, and provide an opportunity for local football, sporting and soccer clubs to learn more about tackling illegal drugs and to prioritise this issue.

“The purpose of the (July) event was to provide an opportunity for leaders and organisations in the community to come together and hear what the Government is doing and how to be involved to reduce the harms of drugs in the region,” Mr Pasin said. 

“The Coalition Government’s approach to reducing the harms of drugs cannot be conducted in isolation; there is immense value in community cooperation and engagement to promote sustained and informed change.

“Sporting clubs are a snapshot of the larger community, no matter what age or sport, chances are, somebody at these clubs has been touched by illegal drug use.

“It’s an important part of the Federal Government’s National ICE Action Strategy that community groups are prepared and have a clear plan on how to deal with these issues when they arise, and sporting communities are vital to this.”

Regional Community and Development Manager of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) Mark Harris said the ADF delivers community programs that prevent harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.

“Successful program delivery in the local area will supoprt the Murray Bridge Safe Drug Action Team’s primary focus which is prevention of ice use and alcohol related harms in the community,” he said.

Mr Harris said the program will have positive effects not only in sporting clubs but also in the wider community.

“Sporting clubs aren’t necessarily immune to issues that might be present in the community.

“The program will equip sporting clubs with the knowledge on how to best tackle the use of illegal drugs and to also help clubs connect with the wider community by providing education.

To register your intention to attend head online and visit the Good Sports website at www.goodsports.com.au/programs/tackling-illegal-drugs-program.