General Article Amy Winehouse's death prompts compulsory drug education in schools campaign

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The death of Amy Winehouse has prompted a campaign to make drug education in schools compulsory.

The pop star ‘might still be alive’ if she had been educated about drugs, her father Mitch said on the eve of attending the launch of the campaign, supported by the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

An e-petition calling for effective drugs education to be part of the National Curriculum has been added to the Government’s website.
The campaign wants approved drugs education and a separate drugs department, similar to that in France.

The petition, which will be launched in the House of Commons tonight, has been created by Maryon Stewart and Vicky Unwin, who both lost daughters as a result of drug use. Both are senior figures in the Angelus Foundation – which campaigns to highlight the dangers of ‘legal highs’, including alcohol. E-petitions can be considered for debate in Parliament if they get more than 100,000 signatures.

The petition says many legal highs and so-called club drugs are widely...

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