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drugs, and who have used, are using, or providing drugs to other citizens ( Lancaster, Duke, & Ritter, 2015). On the other hand, carers are individuals offering assistance, support, or care to a person using drugs or have been affected by alcohol and drug use. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Act 1974 and National Drug Strategy and among other programs recognise and support the active involvement of both carers and consumers in the evaluation, recovery, and treatment of users of drugs. Alcohol is the most consumed social drug in Australia. Given that its excessive consumption harms people and the community, policy and legislation strive to lower the number of users. To reduce the effects of drugs on the Australian community, all territories and state programs work to deter drink driving, underage drinking, drinking in public places, and liquor licensing ( James, 2016). In addition to alcohol, other hard drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis are banned and their use attracts penalties such as fines, incarceration or loss of driving license. According to a study carried out by Battams & Roche (2011), a large number of teenagers aged below 18 years have used some form of drug in their lives. This is mainly due to lack of proper regulations or implementation failures. By creating policies that educate and curb access to drugs, the government is sending a message to Australians that drugs are unsafe for everyone ( Lancaster, Duke, & Ritter, 2015). As such, by regulating and illegalising some drugs, the government ensures that drugs and alcohol are not accessible to anyone particularly young people. This lowers consumers while indirectly reducing incidents of delinquent behaviours such as crime and school dropouts. Regional charters of the National Drug Strategy encourage both government and non- governmental organisations to respect the critical role carers play in the society. In particular,
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ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 5 different territories have adopted personalised policies to formally promote and recognise the role of carers and value of care relationships in the Australian society. It has been widely publicised that alcohol and drug use is linked with a number of mental and physical problems ( Berends et al., 2011). Since the government is unable to reach all at-risk Australians, carers have
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