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Home Affairs Committee's Drugs Report: Angelus Foundation Says the Prime Minister Should Not Have Rejected a Royal Commission
Date:12/10/2012

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"There have been some Government successes on drugs policy but education certainly isn't one of them. The Prime Minister set the priorities on drugs for Government today and forgot he is also responsible for trying to prevent drug problems in the first place."

The Angelus Foundation is the only charity solely dedicated to combating legal highs and club drugs and launched a national campaign in October including the website http://www.whynotfindout.org.

(*EMCDDA - European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction)

Notes to editors:

1) In response to the Home Affair Committee's drug report, David Cameron said today, "Drugs use is coming down, the emphasis on treatment is absolutely right, and we need to continue with that to make sure we can really make a difference. Also, we need to do more to keep drugs out of our prisons. These are the government's priorities and I think we should continue with that rather than have some very, very long-term royal commission."

2) The Angelus Foundation maintains there is almost no guidance or resources given by the Department of Education to schools and universities to give young people information about drugs, particularly legal highs. In March this year the Home Secretary's set out the priorities for drug policy to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and did not mention education or prevention.

3) Figures show that spending on drugs education has fallen from £5.4 million in 2006-7 to £3.9m in 2009-10 and £0.5m in 2010-11.

4) The Angelus Foundation is the only drugs charity dedicated to combating legal highs and club drugs and launched a national campaign in October including the website http://www.whynotfindout.org. There is also a site for families http://www.angelusfoundation.com.


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