Okay, if not Snickers bars, how about nose candy?

Teacher's orders: taking a break from cocaine during school recess.

Teacher’s orders: taking a break from cocaine during school recess.

Edinburgh schools distribute pamphlets on “safe” drug use to 13-year-old students.

The leaflet, which targets pupils as young as 13, gives ‘safety tips’ on how to take illegal substances and was produced by Edinburgh council and the city’s Drug and Alcohol Project.

The booklet includes street names for drugs, the ‘effects and risks’ of taking them and finally ‘safety tips’ for those ‘determined to use’ drugs.

Pupils are advised to ‘sleep well’ before and after using cocaine, avoiding mixing with alcohol, to ‘wash out your nose after each session’ and to ‘avoid sharing rolled-up bank notes or straws’.

When taking MDMA or ecstasy, children are told to ‘start with a half a pill and wait at least two hours before re-dosing’ and to ‘sip water regularly’ but no more than ‘one pint an hour’. They are also advised to ‘take regular breaks from dancing to cool down.’

Agnes Morrison of the Maxie Richards Foundation, an anti-drugs charity said: ‘I don’t know why anybody would put out a leaflet telling teenagers the safe way of taking drugs.

‘There is no safe way to take drugs. Drugs destroy people so why would you want to put together a leaflet?

‘I’ve never come across anything like this. I know they are putting them in schools and that there is other educational information in there.

‘But a lot of kids who do not know anything about drugs might read it and get the impression that there is a safe way to take drugs.

‘It’s like saying “here are 10 easy ways to take drugs”. The only safe guidance against drugs is not to take them at all.’

But Gael Cochrane, a development officer for the Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Project which is leading the project, said it was the best way to keep teenagers safe.

She said: ‘Some young people will look things up on the internet but many will not. Without all the facts they are in a more dangerous situation.

‘We completely accept there are going to be young people who don’t take drugs or drinks or have sex, and we would support them in that. ‘But they are a small group, as are the ones who are taking lots of drugs. It’s the majority who are undecided.’

Nice of her to lend her support to that “small minority” and reach out to the undecided majority to ease them over to the dark side. Edinburg already enjoys the reputation of being one of the most booze-addles, drug-ingesting cities in Great Britain, and this campaign can only help sustain that ranking. It’s good to be Number One in something.



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14 responses to “Okay, if not Snickers bars, how about nose candy?

  1. Bars are often crowded for Breakfast….

  2. Peg


    No wonder the world is in such dire straits these days…..

  3. Cos Cobber

    Its a terrible idea. While their pamphlet may save one life, it will also encourage ten others to experiment whereby three more will become habitual users.

  4. Mickster

    Lesson #2 in the series: How to make a bomb safely at home in 10 easy steps. Stick that up your kilt!

  5. towny

    Job security

  6. AJ

    God forbid that people should get accurate information. When they see the facts of the matter, they might just make up their mind to say no.

  7. Anonymous

    See what happens when Scotland was given more autonomy. Just imagine what would have happened with independence.

  8. Jon

    It’s quite clear that these pamphlets do not promote drug use, quite the opposite, it’s aim is to discourage it. Just like when you board a plane and they go over what to do in emergency, it’s covering your basis in the event of something happen. Will some one remember when they are four drinks deep not to do a line? No. When a plane is descending will one remember to use their breathing mask above them? No. However, both could happen and it is in our best interest to tell people the risks.

    • Seriously? That’s really what you believe? I was expecting sarcasm here all the way to your conclusion yet never found it. Wow.

      • Jon

        It seems absurd, however these kids are going to do it anyway. Do you think a 13-16 year old is going to do do drugs because it seemed so glamorous in a pamphlet? As if that’s going to put the idea in their head. Scotland has a rampant drug problem, clearly what they have been doing has not curtailed these kids harming themselves. It’s good to let them know the risks but also in the event that they use how to do it safely. If one kid remembers, and it saves his life, it was worth it. Most likely it’s a wash.

  9. undiagnosed hypocracy

    At the same time, NRA school programs to promote safety and prevent tragedy are outright excluded for fear it will lead to additional curiosity. (and perhaps future 2A voters)

    • Jon

      Well, that’s not a problem in Scotland. I agree if a kid is in a family that owns guns or hunts, he should absolutely be educated on gun safety. If a school district approves it then it should be implemented. Implementing it everywhere would be absurd.