Dear Head of PSHE
The UK has one of the highest levels of teenage drug use anywhere in Europe. If ever there were a country that needed effective drug prevention it is the UK. And yet for many years we have been pursuing an approach to drug education that confines itself to providing information on illegal drugs and leaving it to young people to decide whether they wish to use those drugs.
We have, in a word adopted an increasingly liberal approach to drugs education and in doing so have often left young people unsupported. Mary Brett is one of the people who have challenged the orthodoxy of drugs education that places illegal drug use in a moral vacuum, often ignoring the harms of illegal drugs in favour of viewing illegal drug use as a lifestyle choice.
This book contains wisdom and research but more than that it contains an attitude of care for young people whose lives can be harmed by the wrong choices they may make in relation to illegal drugs.
Mary Brett has on
occasion challenged the addictions policy
establishment in the UK by asking difficult
questions and pursuing their answer. She
is to be commended for that and this
book based upon her research deserves
to be widely read.
Mary Brett is a biologist and former Head of Health Education, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School for boys, Amersham, Bucks. She is a former Vice President of EURAD (Europe Against Drugs), a member of PandA (Prisons and Addictions Forum, Centre for Policy Studies) and a Trustee of CanSS (Cannabis Skunk Support).
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