Drugs debate

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The Independent Online
Is it lack of money or lack of interest? A national symposium on drugs in primary schools at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London next Wednesday has attracted only 35 takers for its 130 places. Yet last week the Department for Education issued guidance to primary schools which stated that children as young as four should be taught that drug misuse was harmful. From seven, the guidance is that children should know the dangers of discarded need-les and syringes and be introduced to the law on legal and illegal drugs.

The symposium, Drugs in Primary Schools - Is it an Issue?, has a range of distinguished speakers, including senior figures from education, child health and the police. It costs pounds 55 and is open to teachers and those concerned with the care of primary-school children. Details can be obtained from Petronella Griffith on 0181-740 3904.