Module 6: how drugs work: facilitator's guide

2.3 The limitations of pharmacological knowledge

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Understanding youth drug use requires more than just knowledge about how drugs act on the body.

Brainstorm exercise

Question - What other knowledge and skills might assist you to understand and work with young AOD users?

  • Knowledge of the developmental processes that occur during adolescence

  • Skills in communicating with young people

  • Alcohol and other drug (AOD) intervention skills and knowledge

  • An understanding of the social context of drug use, such as the influence of peers etc.

  • An understanding of street terms and slang language associated with young people and AOD use