Be FRANK about drugs

Merton’s Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) has welcomed the launch of the government’s FRANK campaign.

The campaign, that features a new national helpline, website and high profile TV marketing campaign, is aimed at tackling drugs misuse among young people.

Merton’s DAAT is backing the campaign and hopes it will help young people and parents become better informed about the effects of drugs and encourage them to communicate about this traditionally taboo topic, with the message ‘Drugs are illegal; talking about them isn’t’.

Peter Nash, Merton’s Drug Strategy Manager, said: “The message the FRANK campaign is pushing is that prevention is better than cure and we are firmly behind that. National figures show that more 11 to16 year olds are now taking drugs than they are smoking tobacco. However, recent research indicates fewer people are using illegal drugs in Merton.

“Any advice we can give, or people can receive from FRANK now, may help to prevent young people using further drugs or stopping others trying them in the first place. We want to continue to enable Merton’s young people to make healthier choices.”

Parents and young people can contact the FRANK helpline by calling 0800 77 66 00 or by logging on to http://www.talktofrank.com

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