Osborne Park synthetic drug educator receives funding boost

Osborne Park synthetic drug educator receives funding boost

AN Osborne Park organisation has received $150,000 to help educate young people about the dangers of synthetic drugs.

Sideffect Australia was founded by Scarborough’s Rod Bridge following the death of his son Preston in 2013 after taking synthetic LSD.

The organisation is working on creating an online prevention program for youths, with the Federal Government providing $150,000 for a scoping document for the project.

David Hobbs, who is co-director with Mr Bridge and former West Coast Eagles player Chris Waterman, said Sideffect’s youth substance awareness program reached 30,000 WA students last year.

He said the organisation operated in a “tri-partisan” way by engaging in discussions with teachers, parents and students.

The current campaign One Life, One Choice is focused on early intervention.

“Confronting, challenging, informative and emotional were the strongest feedback words used after the Sideffect presentation,” he said.

“Following the presentation, 80 per cent of those students who witnessed the presentation spoke to their parents about what they had learnt.”

Sideffect aims to launch the online program in the next six months.