In Scotland, a government health agency have sparked great concern over a leaflet which explains to teenagers “the benefits” of taking illegal drugs.
The “Fags ‘n’ Hash” booklet says those who mix cannabis and tobacco describe it as “relaxing” and say they “feel more at ease”.
The guide is part of NHS Health Scotland’s “Know The Score campaign”. This campaign has the aim of discouraging teenagers to take drugs. (Funny way of doing it, I must say).
Professor Neil McKeganey, director of Glasgow University’s Centre for Drug Misuse, said:
The Scottish government should not be putting their name to this leaflet.To my mind, it’s more likely to stimulate interest in the drug than discourage use.
NHS Health Scotland said:
It’s important to young people they are able to access information which is credible to them.
It’s important for young to be able to access credible information? I’m sorry, but teaching kids how to use a joint or how to include it in daily cooking recipes is hardly the ‘credible’ information that an NHS agency should be giving out.
Credible information is that cannabis is harmful, a class B drug, and shouldn’t be used. That is what should be included in the leaflet. I’m sure these points are raised, but it seems that the leaflet gives an unbiased view of the drug, rather than a campaign to stop drug abuse.
Maybe the person who put this leaflet together was on a high at the time? Whatever the cause for such ridiculous ‘advice’, it should be stopped from being published immediately, and a rethink on the whole thing should be planned straight away.
It seems like the government is increasingly battling against people trying to blur the boundaries when it comes to drugs. A stand needs to be made.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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Cannabis does make you feel more at ease, and is undeniably a relaxing and calming solution for people who have, for example, painful, distressing, terminal illnesses. However, this kind of person will not have to suffer the long term effects. And the long term effects are damaging. I don’t think any government should be giving these kind of misleading statements. If a young person wants to smoke cannabis, they will whether it’s good for them or not I’m sure…but giving misleading positives to an illegal drug is only going to help justify its use. I really don’t see the point of this “leaflet”!
I think you’re right, Dilys; and the leaflet seems to void itself because of what it says- no point to it at all!
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