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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