City backs campaign to raise community awareness of harms caused by illicit drugs

Monday, 27 May 2019 

The City of Bunbury’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Management Plan Reference Group in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission has backed a campaign to raise awareness about the harms caused by illicit drug-taking at festivals and events. 

The Drug Aware Safer Events and Venues The Medix campaign promotes evidence-based strategies to prevent harms including dehydration, over-hydration, overheating and poly-drug use. 

Aimed at 18 to 34 year olds it also raises awareness of the signs that someone is experiencing illicit drug-related physical or mental health issues and encourages patrons to get help from event first aid or emergency services.  

Launched in Bunbury the week before music festival Groovin the Moo, the campaign included social media promotion as well as the installation – funded by the Mental Health Commission – of a bus poster adjacent to Edith Cowan University and South West Regional TAFE. 

This campaign aligns with the City’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Management Plan which was adopted by Council in March 2018. 

WA Country Health Services-South West Senior Health Promotion Officer and AODMP Reference Group member Jenny Payet said and the South West played host to numerous events and first aid and chill out areas at events were there to help and free of judgement.  

“If you or someone you know experiences a drug-related physical or mental health issue the help is there for you.  

“The sooner you seek help, the less damage is done.” 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the campaign would help educate the community about the harmful effects of these drugs and what to do if faced with someone who was at harm. 

“Through the AODMP Reference Group the City is able to implement actions which contribute to reducing the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs in the Bunbury community,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“The use and acceptance of the harmful consumption of alcohol and other drugs has a significant impact on the community as a whole – this collaborative approach includes guidance from local support services.” 

To find out more about The Medix campaign click here