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Everything you need to know about who we are and what we do.
Who are we and what do we do?
The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) is a Government Initiative aimed at providing evidence-based information about cannabis use to prevent uptake, especially by young people and in Aboriginal communities, and support treatment of users.
Why do we do it?
The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report showed that one in three Australians aged 14 years and older have tried cannabis and one in ten have used it in the last 10 months. Cannabis has been linked with development of respiratory illnesses and increased risk of mental illnesses, as well as negative impacts on memory and motivation. NCPIC works to provide the facts about cannabis, based on the latest research and trends, so people better understand the drug and can make well-informed lifestyle decisions.
How do we do it?
We have a website that is updated regularly with new resources from fact sheets and booklets, through to videos and audio. If you’re curious about cannabis use and the side-effects, check out our cannabis and you page, if you’re a worried parent looking to arm yourself with the facts, try our parents page, and our teachers and health professionals pages offer a range of information and education packages for use with students and patients or clients. We also undertake cutting-edge research projects and provide free training.
NCPIC is driven by its three main internal teams: clinical and research, training and communication.