In the ‘The Real Deal on Drugs’ podcast series Paul Dillon answers the questions he is most regularly asked by students across the country. The content has been developed with young people in mind and aims to provide them with the information they want to know about alcohol and other drugs.
- Podcast 1: Putting a drunk person to bed to ‘sleep it off’
Why my approach to talking about alcohol and other drugs is different
Why should you never put a drunk person to bed to ‘sleep it off’? What are the risks involved and how do you know when you are able to let them go to bed safely?
- Podcast 2: What is ‘nanging’ and is it dangerous?
Why I choose not to drink alcohol
What is ‘nanging’? Why has it become more popular and what are the risks involved with the practice?
- Podcast 3: How do you look after a drunk vomiting friend?
How I got into the alcohol and other drug field and started to present in schools
Why does someone vomit when they get drunk and how can you look after them safely?
- Podcast 4: Does vomiting sober you up and what about ‘tactical vomits’?
Talking about the deaths of young people in my presentations
Does vomiting sober you up and, if not, why do ‘tactical vomits’ sometimes make drunk people feel better? Are ‘tactical vomits’ more dangerous than throwing up naturally?
- Podcast 5: MDMA or ecstasy: What’s the difference and what are the risks?
What’s the best piece of advice I’ve been given about presenting about alcohol and other drugs?
Are ecstasy and MDMA the same thing? Why does one person die after taking a pill or a capsule and others experience no problems and how do you look after someone who is unwell after taking MDMA?
- Podcast 6: Vaping: What are we talking about here and is it ‘safe’?
Does what I do when I present in a school actually make a difference?
What is vaping? Is it ‘safer’ than smoking and what does that really mean? What do we really know about this new phenomenon?
- Podcast 7: Cannabis: Answering your top 3 questions
What’s the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to me working with schools?
What do we know about the medicinal use of cannabis? What is ‘greening out’ and why does it happen to some people who use the drug? Why do experts agree that teens should avoid using cannabis?
- Podcast 8: ‘Jungle Juice’: What is it and why are some young people using it?
What should you do if you’re worried about a friend who you think may have a problem?
What is ‘Jungle Juice’ and why are some young people using it? What are the risks associated with its use?
- Podcast 9: When do you need to call an ambulance for a drunk person?
Why don’t I speak to Year 9s?
How do you know when you need to call an ambulance for a drunk person? What are the four signs that indicate they are poisoned and not simply drunk?
- Podcast 10: Hallucinogens: acid, trips, mushrooms and peyote
What was the first illegal drug I saw and when?
Why is there a resurgence in interest in psychedelics or hallucinogens? Are naturally-occurring hallucinogens safe and what is ‘psychedelic therapy’?