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Aiming to give every pupil effective drug education: Galbraith
"Education packs are part of our artillery in the fight against drugs. They support teachers in giving up-to-date accurate information to pupils, so that they can make informed choices."
Launching a new drug education pack, 'What's the Score' for Lanarkshire pupils today, Minister for Children and Education, Sam Galbraith continued:
"The Scottish Executive recognises that drug issues have a major impact on everyday life, affecting the young and old alike, and we have pledged to tackle drug related problems.
"Young people are subject to a variety of influences and their behaviour is influenced by knowledge gained from friends, family, teachers and the media. This is why we place such importance on ensuring that every school in Scotland has an effective drug education programme.
"I congratulate North Lanarkshire Council for developing this education pack in response to local needs. A range of interested agencies recognised a need and worked together to meet that need.
"We all face a tough challenge ahead but I am convinced that, through the use of educational resources that have been made available, we are now on the right road in getting the right message across to our young people."
The Drug Education Pack will be distributed to all schools in Lanarkshire as part of North Lanarkshire Council's Drug Education policy. In addition to the Drugs Education Partnership involvement, the Scotland Against Drugs Challenge Fund has awarded £50,000 to the project. A number of companies in the private sector have also made significant contributions, including Kwik Fit, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Stagecoach and many others.
News Release: SE1724/1999
17 Dec 1999