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Drugs – High Hopes and Sudden Silences was launched by the Tasmanian Minister for Health, Judy Jackson in 1999 It has been out of print for some years.

It is a small book, with one message per page. It is not religious or judgemental.
It is not a reference book, nor is it meant to be the answer to the world’s drug problems.
The purpose of this little book is simply to help individuals to reflect on the situation they are in, or are considering being in.
Without reflection, nothing changes.

It is basically a preventative book for ordinary families, including: who have not used drugs (with gentle warnings, and many positive affirmations that they are right),
.....People experimenting with drugs (Be properly informed and know possible dangers. Be aware, take care),
.... parents (Be supportive. Try to accept that sometimes our kids may do things we don’t like).
The main message for heavy drug users and addicts is to get expert help, and that
it’s never too late to stop.


Some of the Comments Received:

This is a less aggressive and unique approach to drug education and I encourage its use by health care professionals and service providers as well as young people themselves.
- Judy Jackson, Tasmanian Minister for Health.

I like it! Some wonderful and profound statements.- Drug education worker.

I am advised that the general approach in your book has the potential to make a contribution in the range of strategies to educate young people about drug use
- Previous Tas. Minister for Health, Peter McKay. MLC.

I think this will have a strong impact with young people and old.
-Drug Education Worker.

I particularly like the combination of pertinent quotes and small, salient facts and statistics - both simply and clearly put. Like “Suicide - Words To Hang On To”, I feel this book will be helpful, particularly to young people who have little time or inclination to read a reference book to find information which could be useful to them. - Youth Worker, Devonport

Very informative booklet. I found it entertaining and interesting.
Good luck with it!
- Manager, Drug Education Network, Tasmania.

I was impressed by the thoughtfulness that has been put into the many messages of hope. Any support for young people to give up drugs is admirable and I believe the positive notes will encourage, console and assist young people who are confronted with such difficult choices.
- Hon. Trish Worth, Parliamentary Sec. to Federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

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