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MINISTER LAUNCHES NEW DRUGS PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN

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As a key part of the government's 'Tackling Drugs Together' strategy a new campaign to provide the public with acce...
As a key part of the government's 'Tackling Drugs Together' strategy a new campaign to provide the public with access to clear, factual information about drugs and their associated health risks was announced today by health minister John Bowis.

Speaking at the launch of the government's campaign in London, Mr Bowis said:

'The government is committed to reducing drug misuse through law enforcement, accessible treatment, education and prevention.

'There is no such thing as a safe drug. There are those who may experiment with and misuse drugs, many of them young. Many of them are without adequate understanding of the risks involved. It is vital that young people have access to accurate and straightforward information about the dangers and risks of drugs.

'The National Drugs Helpline - 0800 77 66 00 - is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer questions and give advice to anyone who has concerns about the health implications of drugs or solvents.

'I am especially pleased that the HEA's campaign aims to promote awareness of the helpline among parents, teachers and others who work with young people as well as young people themselves. Parents have an important role to play in discussing with their children the risks involved in drug and solvent misuse.'

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