The Australian Drug Foundation spoke out at the Australian Football League's press conference in support of the AFL's illicit drug policy.

'The AFL's illicit drug policy is one of the most rigorous drug policies in sport internationally, and we praise their commitment to the health and welfare of their players,' said ADF Chief Executive, John Rogerson. 'We're pleased to see them take steps to continue to develop a culture which supports players, parents and other members of the community to reduce the likelihood of drug problems.'

'The reality is this is a tough issue, and the AFL is one of only three sports in Australia to seriously tackle illicit drug use. They have gone above and beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, and their players, and the community will benefit as a result.'

Mr Rogerson urged parents to use the publicity around the AFL drugs policy to discuss drug issues with their children.

'Children are always watching and listening to what is going on around them. This is a great opportunity to check in with them about what they think about drugs, why they think people use them, what they know about the damage that can be done to careers and personal lives by drug use'.

'We know that having a strong relationship with an adult is a key protective factor for preventing a young person from developing a drug problem. This is the time to make sure that communication channels are open between you and your kids.'

Parents who want more information about drugs, or tips for starting these conversations can call 1300 85 85 84 or email to request a copy of Young people and drugs: what parents need to know.

For information about talking to your child about drugs click through to the following DrugInfo Clearinghouse fact sheets:

Communicating with your teenager about drugs

Common questions parents ask

Australian Drug Foundation

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