Community Drug Assessment
|The following community assessment checklist
is based on the downloadable file, Together Against Drugs: The WA Strategy
Against Drug Abuse Action Plan 1997 - 1999.
In Western Australia, one of the
roles of the Community
Drug Service Teams is to develop and monitor regional drug management plans based on
This assessment checklist should be used in conjunction with the intervention, planning
and documentation site at Community Drug Management Action Planning.
Community Support Services
Other Community Service Areas
q Are the schools in your area participating in
Drug Education Project?
q Are the school P&Cs actively involved in
promoting healthy schools including drug management issues?
q What are the schools' policies regarding drug
use, truancy, and exclusion from schools?
q Are the social support staff informed about
drug use management and referral procedures (e.g. school deputy, psychologist, nurse,
chaplain, youth education officer, school based police officers)
q Do parents receive drug education material as
part of the
Drug Education Project?
q Are there regular Drugs In Perspective courses
conducted for parents?
q Are parents in your area aware of the Parent
Drug Information Service (PDIS)?
q Is drug information and services for parents
made available through local drug agencies and other health and welfare agencies? (e.g.
GPs, Hospital, and other health and welfare agency waiting areas)
- What services are available for children whose parents are using drugs?
- What services are available for parents whose children are using drugs?
- What services are available for drug using parents?
q Is there a media management program which aims
q Good news stories about local drug management
q Feature articles about the hazards of drug use
q Information about not glamorising drug use
q Information about restraint on reporting on
volatile substance use which does not identify substances used or dangerous methods of
Work-site drug information
q Does local industry and work-sites have a drug
management policy and procedures?
q Have local retailers become Drug Aware
businesses (through their LDAG), agreeing to abide by a code of conduct for the sale of
alcohol, tobacco and solvents.
q How many pharmacies in your area have joined
the Drug Aware Pharmacy Project?
Professional Drug Information
q Is there regular professional development
information and education regarding drug management for professionals in your area?
q What are the drug training resources in your
area? (Training resources are available @ Agency
q Are there any peer support programs?
q Are there any overdose management programs?
q Is there adequate self-help material available?
General Practitioners and Hospitals
q Do GPs and hospitals have a drug management
plan which includes:
q Screening, brief intervention and referral
q Alternatives to prescribing tranquillisers and
q Inpatient and outpatient detoxification
q Availability of methadone
q Testing of blood-borne viruses for injecting
drug users including pre and post-test counselling
q Drug information including self-help material
q Are Community Health Services actively
involved in screening and referral of drug-related problems?
q Provision of outpatient detoxification support
q What are the services provided by your local
Community Drug Service Team?
q What are the other drug specific services
(click agencies) in your local area and what
do they provide?
q What are the state-wide drug-related services
(click agencies) which are available to you
q Which general health and welfare services in
your area are participating in the Practice Development Drug Management Project?
q Which pharmacies are participating in the Drug
Aware Pharmacy Project? Do they also supply 'fit packs' and/or dispense Methadone?
q What drug-related services are available for
the following groups:
q Aboriginal people?
q Non-English Speaking Background?
q What outreach services are available in your
area and do they provide drug-related assistance?
q What are the inter-agency case management
procedures in your area?
q What are your agencies policies and procedures
regarding drug use issues?
q Do police conduct frequent random breath
q Is there a rapid response service available
for those who identify drug related problems?
q Do police patrol licensed premises and stores
selling tobacco to enforce the Tobacco Act and the Liquor Licensing Act?
q Are the police and welfare agencies working
together to manage intoxication on the street?
q Are the police in your area participating in
local diversion programs?
q Is there a Local Drug Action Group in your
area and what are they doing?
q Are there any Community Accords in your area?
q What are the drug management issues your
District Crime Prevention / Community Policing Committee are addressing?
q What are the other coordinating committees
which might manage drug use issues in your area?
q Have there been any community forums to deal
with local, specific drug use issues?
What are the other community resources which may be protective against the
amount of and impact of drug use:
q Recreation facilities
q Accommodation facilities
q Employment opportunities
q General counselling services such as
q Self-help groups