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Drug Awareness

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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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.