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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places

Aboriginal teens voice drug dangers through song

Date posted: 27 May 2014

A group of Aboriginal teenagers from central Queensland have recorded a song warning of the dangers of drug use.

The teenagers from Woorabinda entered Yarndi or my girlfriend in the National Cannabis Prevention Centre's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Competition last year. Their prize was a recording session in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Year 10 student, Patricia Richardson, says use of yarndi, or marijuana, can be devastating. 'About relationships and how yarndi can mess it up,' she said. 'People stress out ... and [it] makes them feel bad.'

Woorabinda's Red Cross Youth Support Coordinator, Stephen Collins, says young people are confronted by drugs and alcohol at an early age. 'It usually just comes in quickly and before they know it, it's right in front of their face and they've got to make choices about it,' he said.

The song has been posted on social media.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous


Last updated: 3 June 2014
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