Posted by Brad @ 10:31 pm on November 23rd 2008

Drug Education I Can Get Behind

TEENAGE school students have been given access to a controversial brochure called A User’s Guide to Speed while attending a NSW Government-promoted anti-drug and alcohol program.

The 35-page booklet, included among drugs literature displayed to up to 100 Year 8 students and parents during a community information day, contains a section on “tips to avoid getting bad speed”.

In it, teenage readers are told: “If you don’t already have a reliable dealer, try to find one and stick with them.

“When you’re using a new batch, only try a little at first … you can always use the rest later if you need to.”

The booklet’s availability during workshops at the Toronto Courthouse near Newcastle – along with another on “Choosing to use” that was ordered to be pulped in June by former Health Minister Reba Meagher – has outraged anti-drugs campaigners.

Produced by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the user’s guide tells teens amphetamine-related speed can suppress appetite and help in weight loss.

Users are urged to take breaks from using speed, allow time to “come down” so it doesn’t interfere with work or study and to carry the phone number of a legal aid solicitor with them.

One of the authors, drugs educator Paul Dillon, said yesterday the brochure’s presence at the community day was an “unfortunate mistake”.

Mr Dillon said the resource, produced to help amphetamine users cut down or quit the habit, was inappropriate for 14 and 15-year-old high school students.

Seems to me that that’s all just good advice.

2 Comments »

  1. They forgot to add, “Consider taking up a less retarded drug.” but that could just be my take. Why do meth and spend hours peeping out the blinds when you could just do a tab of acid and spend hours talking to the carpet fibers?

    Comment by Mortexai — 11/24/2008 @ 11:59 am

  2. God damn it Mort, now there’s coke all over my keyboard.

    Comment by Cameron — 11/24/2008 @ 3:15 pm

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