Druglink article 1996 – Drugs in the classroom: politics, propaganda and censorship by Julian Cohen

This article argues that school-based primary prevention – trying to dissuade pupils from using drugs – is not a viable approach. Evaluations of drug education programmes have found that they do not prevent young people using drugs and that reducing harm is a more realistic aim. Drug education should be teacher-led and, by fostering informed debate, enable young people to make their own decisions about drugs rather than telling them what to think and do.

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