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Questions Not Answered Orally

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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Heroin Addiction

12.

To ask the Government what the minimum professional qualification is for making an assessment of heroin addiction treatment needs. [114229]

The Government are committed to ensuring that any person making an assessment of heroin addiction treatment needs is qualified to do so. Best practice in the assessment of heroin addiction involves assessment skills from a multidisciplinary team, and for addiction treatment the team may often involve a doctor and nurse or trained drug worker.

Drug Awareness

13.

To ask the Government what steps they are taking to increase the level of drug awareness in schools. [114230]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Skills
(Mr. Ivan Lewis)

The Government's strategy to increase drug awareness in schools involves supporting schools and launching a major new publicity campaign aimed at young people and their families. To support schools, the Government are making £20 million available for drug education via the standards fund in 2003–04; providing an additional £2 million to support training for teachers and Connexions advisers; and revising current guidance to schools. The new publicity campaign to be launched shortly will drive home the risks of class A drugs and encourage pupils and their parents to seek further help and advice.