Poll: Should drugs education be on the National Curriculum for primary school children?

Drugs education for children as young as 10 should be broadened, one of the Government's chief drug advisers has said.


Professor Simon Gibbons, a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), told a public hearing that more needs to be done on drugs education in primary and middle schools.

The subject of drugs does not form part of the National Curriculum at primary level, although it is at a school's discretion to include it within the teaching of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.

Mr Gibbons, a professor of medicinal phytochemistry at University College London (UCL), said: "As chairman of the committee, I would certainly like to see more done on the education done in primary settings.

"We had a discussion last week at our committee and we want the Department of Education to be involved in this.

"I always use this as a 'little girl' test. I have two young daughters who are eight and 10 and the elder one is certainly at that age when she is starting to be aware of some of these materials.

"At the primary/middle school phase there's not enough information on drug education for 10, 11, 12-year-olds - that's something we should be pushing for."

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Comments for: "Poll: Should drugs education be on the National Curriculum for primary school children?"


So far,a small majority of readers have voted "No". I see parallels with sex education in schools. Do people really imagine that our children will be better protected if we don't talk about the subject? Many of them will have already been exposed to drugs. Do we want their drugs education to be left to the tender mercies of the drug dealers? Children should be taught at the earliest age about all drugs, including the real killers: the permitted substances of alcohol and tobacco which kill more people than the so-called hard drugs and the enduring hypocrisy of successive governments which have have cynically calculated that the benefits of the tax revenues outweigh the human suffering caused by our traditional poisons!