Do Teenagers in the UK Need More Realistic Drug Education?

By Haig Stringer Remember ‘Just say no’, Talk to Frank or ill-conceived anecdotes of teenage drugs misuse intended to foster abstinence? Did these ploys prevent you from using drugs? Maybe*. But more importantly, did these techniques equip you with information you would need to manage both the benefits and harms of legal and illegal substances or to understand how different drug policies influence personal health? Almost certainly not. Currently, the UK government states that schools have a ‘clear role to play in preventing drug misuse’ and should utilise that responsibility…

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