Pubdate: 6 Jan 1999
Source: Evening News (UK)
Contact:  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 brain-washed.

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

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
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