Young people and illicit drug use in Australia Holt, Martin en_US 2021-11-25T12:31:59Z 2021-11-25T12:31:59Z 2005 en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: To review what is known about young people’s drug use in Australia and to evaluate whether illicit drug use has become normalised among Australian youth. Method: Survey data and social research findings on young people’s illicit drug use are reviewed and evaluated against the criteria of the normalisation thesis. The utility of the normalisation thesis is assessed in the Australian context. Results: National surveys suggest that around a third of Australian young people have tried any illicit substance. The most commonly tried and regularly used illicit substance is cannabis, although its use may be declining. The regular use of drugs other than cannabis is infrequent, although increasing numbers of young people in their twenties appear to be trying ‘designer’ or ‘party’ drugs such as ecstasy. Studies of dance music and alternative music subcultures suggest that illicit drug use within these scenes is much more common than among young people in general. Within these contexts illicit drug use could be regarded as normalised. Conclusion: Illicit drug use appears to be normalised among specific groups of young Australians and in particular contexts, not throughout the wider population. The normalisation thesis may be useful when thinking about interventions with young people for whom drug use is ‘normal’ in that it acknowledges the strategies they develop to manage their drug use. However, the notion of ‘sensible and strategic use’ should be employed carefully to avoid the further stigmatisation of injecting drug users. Keywords: Young people, illicit drug use, normalisation, Australia, survey data, social research en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-5774 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Research Issues Papers en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Normalisation en_US
dc.subject.other Young people en_US
dc.subject.other Illicit drug use en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.subject.other Survey data en_US
dc.subject.other Social research en_US
dc.title Young people and illicit drug use in Australia en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber Social Research Issues Paper Number 3 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Holt, Martin, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
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