Teens Offered Drug User's Guide

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pill bottleTeens attending a government-promoted anti-drug and alcohol program in Toronto probably expected to learn about the dangers of substance abuse and maybe even some helpful ways to avoid it. What they got was some tips on how to use drugs.

Among the literature available to about 100 Year 8 students was a 35-page booklet title A User's Guide to Speed. The brochure included helpful advice on avoiding getting a bad batch of speed, the benefits of finding a reliable dealer and the importance of allowing time to 'come down' before work or study obligations.

According to Paul Dillon, one of the booklet's authors, the guide was produced to help amphetamine users cut down or quit the habit and was not intended for 14 and 15-year-old high school students. "You have got to be very careful about the message you are delivering to young people," he said.

Students weren't the only ones taken aback by the inappropriate reading material. One woman who read the brochure was so upset she had to go outside and have a good cry.

The Attorney-General's Department is looking into the snafu and a spokesman stressed that the Government does not condone the use of drugs. But opposition education spokesman Andrew Stoner thinks the whole anti-drug workshop is a waste of time anyway. "Students would be better served being in the classroom rather than at a workshop on drugs," Mr Stoner said. In this case, I am going to have to agree with Mr. Stoner.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.