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  1. chillinwill
    EDUCATION is as important as punishment to tackle the scourge of mephedrone, say teachers and councillors.

    As Home Secretary Alan Johnson began moves to ban mephedrone after the official drugs watchdog recommended it be made a class B drug, calls were made to ensure youngsters were educated about its dangers.

    Kevin Deadman, head teacher at Canon Lee School, said: “I am very pleased that the Government is now looking to ban mephedrone, as it is not helpful that children can feel they can take something because it is not illegal and we have seen the impact that has had on young people nationally.

    “However, education into this drug is critical. All of us – teachers, parents and partner agencies – all have a part to play to make young people aware of this issue and the dangers it carries.”

    City of York Council’s children and young people’s champion, Coun James Alexander, said: “It is good news that the Home Secretary has agreed to ban mephedrone as a class B drug.

    “Such a drug has blighted many people’s lives and predominantly young people’s.

    “My concern is now regarding how this drug will be treated at class B. Mephedrone will be treated legally like amphetamines or cannabis, but in reality cannabis is heavily tolerated.

    “We must ensure that mephedrone is never so widely accepted. We also need better education in schools regarding dangerous drugs and the consequences of the choices some young people make when they choose to take them.

    “Some young people believe their friends with first-hand experiences of drugs above medical knowledge, and this leads to some young people making bad decisions regarding drugs with both health and dependency consequences.”

    Nick Seaton, of the Campaign For Real Education, said: “It is vital all young people are educated, so they know about the dangers of the substance and know to avoid it at all costs to prevent further harm to families.”

    The Press handed in its Menace Of Mephedrone petition to 10 Downing Street on Monday, only hours before the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommended to ministers it should be made a Class B drug.

    Those found being in possession of the substance will face up to five years in jail, and dealers up to 14 years.

    Jennifer Bell
    March 31, 2010
    The York Press
    http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/5893209.Education_key_to_tackling_the_scourge_of_mephedrone/

Comments

  1. Alfa
    Education by the UK press is what made mephedrone popular in the first place.
  2. missparkles
    And this is the problem. Because that's not education, that's a one sided argument. The same fuckin' argument they've heard before. The same one we all heard. Drugs are dangerous.

    No, drugs are not dangerous, lack of realistic education about drugs is dangerous. And until they start to get honest with kids, they're gonna continue to listen to their mates. And they'll continue to take stupid doses, some may even die. All because the fuckin' government can't be honest.

    Sparkles.:vibes:
  3. fusen
    Yeah, I find it absolutely ridiculous that in none of the newspaper reports did any government or police spokesman, or even medical professional for that matter tell users do not mix this drug if you take it

    Saying to users "don't take it" will not change their mind one iota, if you say "we don't advise taking this drug but if you do, do not mix it as all the reported/linked deaths have been cases of users mixing the drug with other substances"

    It's the same sort of shit with Ask Frank, constantly just saying "don't do it!!!" isn't helpful.
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