Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

YOU DOPES; Parents Hit out at Cannabis Guide Which They Claim Reads like an Advert to Take It

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

YOU DOPES; Parents Hit out at Cannabis Guide Which They Claim Reads like an Advert to Take It

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Byline: BY PAUL JAMES

FURIOUS parents are calling for the removal of cannabis booklets from schools which they claim are like adverts for the drug.

The 'Know Cannabis' books, given to teenagers preparing for GCSEs, include advice on how best to take the drug, whether to use bongs or buckets, and how to roll joints.

They include costings for 'vaporisers' which "are less risky" and warn not to roll a cannabis cigarette with too many cigarette papers as "three skinners will do".

The booklets begin by telling youngsters to "Know the effects, how it is used, the risks, and how to avoid them", that "Cannabis can make you feel relaxed" and "Music may sound better".

It is not until page 14 of the 20-page booklet that readers are told that cannabis is illegal - just before the information that under-18s can be arrested three times before they will be prosecuted.

North East councils including Northumberland only use the booklets with known drug-users they are trying to help with their habit - but they are widely used in North Tyneside, which has outraged parents.

Details of the booklets given out to children have emerged just days after the Chronicle revealed 1,900 under-18s got treatment for drug and alcohol abuse in the North East last year - nearly half of whom were treated for problems with cannabis.

One 45-year-old mum from North Tyneside said her 15-year-old asthmatic son came home and told her he had been given "a lesson on how to smoke cannabis safely".

Today she said: "At first I thought he was joking. To discuss smoking with an asthmatic child without explaining the extra dangers to people with lung problems is incredibly irresponsible.

"Then he showed me the cannabis booklet. I was furious - parts of it read like an advert for the stuff.

"What is this school thinking of? The only way to avoid the risks of illegal drugs is to keep well away from them."

North Tyneside Council said the booklet was part of the National Drugs Education Programme, aimed at alerting Year 11 students to the risks and harm of drug misuse, and that no complaints had been received from parents. …

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