A new drug and alcohol education programme designed to be implemented in 10 regions across the UK will include Derbyshire on its list of target areas. The programme, put together by the Adaction charity, intends to visit every secondary school in the county. The Amy Winehouse foundation will be joining Adaction in the effort.

Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late pop singer, told the Burton Mail that secondary school drug and alcohol education is something that is not as common as it should be. He hopes his foundation’s involvement with the Adaction project will yield positive results. The Derbyshire programme is just one part of a larger project being partially funded by a £4.3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The education effort will combine multiple presentation methods to reach as many students and parents as possible. Where students are concerned, organisers hope to create an environment within the schools encouraging the kids to talk about their own experiences with drugs and alcohol. They will also be given the opportunity to hear the stories of former addicts who will come in and share their personal histories with the kids.

Separate sessions will be held to educate parents about the dangers of adolescent drug and alcohol use. In addition, parents will be informed about the treatment options currently available and how to recognise drug and alcohol problems in their children. The parent sessions will be held during the evening hours to make attending easier.

Adaction Chief Executive Simon Antrobus says his charity is already doing very good work in the Derbyshire area. He sees the new Resilience Programme as the next logical step that Adaction and its partners can take to combat drug and alcohol use among young people. He says the ‘exciting project’ will give young people the tools and information needed to make wise decisions regarding drugs and alcohol.

Changing Trends?

A Government report issued earlier this year shows that use of illicit drugs and alcohol among UK young people has steadily fallen over the past decade. Whether we are talking about alcohol, cannabis or other drugs, the numbers are down at least half in almost every category. The good news is that trends are changing. The bad news is that those trends might not be what we suspect them to be.

With the drop-off of alcohol and illicit drugs has come a proportional rise in legal highs, known clinically as new psychoactive substances (NPS). The new drugs may not necessarily be counted in the latest survey data because they are technically not illegal. They are sold legally in head shops and online at plant food or bath salts, yet they are used by young people in greater numbers to get high.

Some experts are saying that legal highs represent the next major concern regarding the drug culture in Britain. We hope that the education programmes being launched by Adaction will cover legal highs as well.

Addiction Helper believes education efforts regarding alcohol and illicit drugs is just the starting point for tackling the problem in Britain. Equal attention needs to be given to the question of legal highs and the attitudes of adults, especially where those attitudes relate to alcohol consumption.

We urge you to contact us, regardless of your age, if you are struggling with any kind of drug or alcohol problem. We specialise in helping substance abusers, addicts and their families find the necessary treatment to overcome their problems. We can help you as well. All of our services are free of charge and completely confidential.

Sources:

  1. Burton Mail – http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Amy-Winehouse-Foundation-roll-drug-alcohol/story-23219046-detail/story.html
  2. Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704957/Youth-turning-backs-alcohol-drugs-smoking-Level-drinking-teens-just-decade-ago.html