Pubdate: Wed, 06 Jan 1999
Date: 01/06/1999
Source: Evening News (UK)
Author: E. A. Clarke
Related: Letter refers to

The UK's Anti-drugs Coordinator, Keith Hellawell, has come up with a
proposal that is nothing more than a programme of brain-washing our
children at school.

TEACHERS will be told to stop describing drugs as "soft" or
"recreational", he announced (Evening News, January 2.) "A drug is a
drug", said Mr Hellawell.

This is an insult to teachers who, fortunately, will not be "told"
anything, least of all when it is to spread wrong information. It is
also an insult to children who want to be educated, not

The so-called Drug Czar has no solution to the drugs

Now he wants to distort the truth about the relative dangers of all
drugs, including alcohol and tobacco which kill the most, and cannabis
which kills none, and teach the children that drugs are all the same.

This form of propaganda may be acceptable in a Totalitarian regime but
hardly in a democracy.


E. A. Clarke
Mount Pleasant