|Social Welfare||DRUG USERS RESPOND TO EDUCATION, NOT TOLERANCE: CATHOLIC EXPERT|
One of the Catholic representatives at this week's NSW Drug Summit has said that education and fostering self-esteem is a "vital" solution to the drug problem, and that harm minimisation policies (or tolerance) to not work.
St John of God Brother Peter Bourke, chairman of the Australian Instituite of Counselling and Addiction said that he would advocate zero tolerance measures at the summit.
"We are living in a throwaway society -- even to the extent that we throw life away. We need to encourage the individual's self-esteem," he told the Catholic Weekly.
Another participant, Sr Marilyn Kelleher SGS from the Australian Catholic Principals Association said drug education in schools needs changes, including increased professional development for teachers.
|2:28pm 19/5/99 / Catholic Weekly|