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26 Feb 2010

Talk to Frank "failed"

Addiction Today have reproduced a speech that Iain Duncan Smith gave to the Centre for Social Justice.  He argues:

Drugs education programmes, such as Talk to Frank, have failed on prevention and intervention, instead progressively focussing on harm reduction and risk minimisation, which can be counter-productive.

The piece goes on to say that the CSJ are calling for an independent review of drug prevention programmes in the country.

Whether drug education programmes can take any of the credit remains an open question, but what the speech seems to dismiss is that reported drug use by young people is falling.  

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