Amy Winehouse’s death prompts campaign for compulsory drug education in schools | News

The death of Amy Winehouse struck a chord with many in the world and has prompted a campaign to make drug education a compulsory part of the national curriculum in schools in the UK. An e-petition calling for this has been added to the government’s website to support the campaign that wants approved drugs education and a separate drugs department.

The petition is championed by Maryon Stewart and Vicky Unwin who both lost daughters as a result of drug use and are senior figures in the Angelus Foundation that aims to highlight the dangers of “legal highs” such as alcohol and is supported by the Amy Winehouse foundation. Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse has said: “I wish that my daughter had had that kind of drug education when she was in her formative years”

“I think that had they had that education there’s a good chance that all three of them would still be here today.”

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “All pupils should have high quality lessons to deal with the dangers of drug abuse. Schools have a legal responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing – which should include setting out a clear drugs policy to prevent substance misuse.”

[via HuffPo]