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Substance Misuse - Key Stage 3&4 

Resources, guidelines and articles


'Legal Highs' Myth buster - PowerPoint Presentation for Secondary Schools - Explore 10 myths about Legal Highs with your teenagers with this excellent presentation. To download click on the image below...

Dangerous Drugs Networks Have you noticed a change in the young person you are working with? Download the pdf flyer


2005 - QCDA guidance was published by the (then QCA) QCDA:

The Home Office, DfES and DoH produced Understanding drugs: drug education pack for schools - KS 3 in 2006. It contains two booklets for teachers, a pupils' booklet and a CD ROM

The Alcohol Education Trust (AET)

We are pleased to be able to offer UK schools (pupils aged 11- 18) the following resources free of charge:

  • AET Teacher Workbook (1 printed copy)
  • 200x 'Talking to Kids about Alcohol' parent guide OR 
  • 250x 'Alcohol and You' student guide OR
  • 110x each guide
  • Full access to our student online learning zone
  • Online resources – available to download as pdf versions via 

More information can be found in the AET newsletter for professionals and teachers - Autumn Term, September 2018 (Ed 39). Click here to view the newsletter.

You can order your resources via .

AET newsletter for professionals and teachers - Autumn Term, September 2018, Ed 39

Topics covered:

  • Leaving school for college or university - how ready are our young people?
  • Opportunity for pupils to take part in a NHS Digital Survey
  • Your chance to have your say on mandatory health education in all schools
  • New subscription area of website
  • Resources - free of charge
  • Online learning zone
  • Parents talks and teacher/staff training sessions

Click here to view the newsletter 

Being ManKIND

Through diverse stories from positive role models, we want to inspire young boys and men to grow into kind and confident humans, who break gender stereotypes and strive for equality. We're starting this all off with our book - Being ManKind Volume 1 - you buy one, we gift one to a school or youth organisation. CLIK ON THE LOGO FOR MORE.

Resource on Gangs and Youth Violence suitable for KS3 and upwards.

Teacher's Plan - This plan can be delivered as a stand-alone session. Select stories and activities based on the needs and abilities of your group. For aims and objectives and more click here.

Take Home Sheet

End of session - Questionnaire


Drinkaware for Education -  Resources for Primary and Secondary teaching, when introducing and developing alcohol awareness with pupils.

Legal Highs (Novel Psychoactive Substances)

Royal Society for Public Health - Taking a New Line on Drugs



E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs)

E-CIG Guidance for SW CIC Nurses

ECig Key Messages for CIC Nurses 


16/05/17 BBC News – US teen died after drinking caffeine too quickly, coroner says. A healthy teenager in the US state of South Carolina died from drinking several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner has ruled. Davis Allen Cripe collapsed at a high school in April after drinking a McDonald's latte, a large Mountain Dew soft drink and an energy drink in just under two hours, Gary Watts said. The 16-year-old died from a "caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia". He had no pre-existing heart condition.

24/11/16 Vice - The Inside Story of How the UK's BIG City Drug Gangs Are Taking Over the Rest of the Country More and more, city gangs are sending young runners out into the sticks to sell crack and heroin. We spoke to dealers, sex workers, and police to get a better understanding of how the whole process works. As commuters arrive into Britain's major cities from their homes in the shires, a different kind of commuter is travelling the opposite direction. They're more likely to be young and wearing trainers, tracksuits and puffer jackets. Most of them generate more cash each day than their city-bound counterparts. The tools of their trade are a cheap mobile phone, a bag of class A drugs and a knife.

14/08/15 Bournemouth Echo - Country lines, cuckoo-ing and BOGOFs- how urban drug gangs are setting up in Dorset' KEEP your eyes open and report your concerns.'That's the plea from police officers working to tackle drugs gangs in Dorset. Officers from the force are calling on members of the public to take on urban drug-dealing gangs, who have been expanding their illegal activity into rural and coastal towns across the country. A report published this week by the National Crime Agency revealed gangs are using a model known as 'country lines'. This refers to the use of a single telephone number for ordering drugs, operated from outside the area, which becomes the group’s brand. Unlike other criminal activities where telephone numbers are changed on a regular basis, these telephone numbers are maintained and protected.

25/12/15 Sky News - Drug Dealers 'Cuckooing' Vulnerable People Criminals are setting up shop in people's homes after being sent to towns around the country by crime bosses in London. The tactic is known as "cuckooing", after the bird that invades nests, and victims are often left with little choice but to cooperate. For four months, a tenant of landlord Martin Holland was preyed upon in his flat in Ipswich. The man has mental health problems and his vulnerability made him an easy target. "He was having to go back to a flat that was basically full of people dealing drugs," said Mr Holland.

20/03/17 National Elf Service - Cannabis and psychosis: it's high time for a review It’s hard to tell on the face of it what the knock-on effects of using cannabis are with the wash of media attention, political messages, and people trying to avoid sounding like a massive downer. But when looking at the clinical evidence overall, how can we discern the true state of affairs, and how much is actually known about the psychological harms and benefits of cannabis? Cannabis has recently become legal in states across the US, with European countries whispering about loosening the legal straps a little more.

13/05/16 BBC News - Legal highs: Spice addiction 'made me punch myself' Legal highs will be banned across the UK later this month, in a move which the government says will protect young people. But for many, their addictive nature has already taken hold. Grace has a friendly, intelligent personality and is a gifted artist. But four years ago she became addicted to Spice, a form of synthetic cannabis, and it took control of her life. The 18-year-old left home after a breakdown in relationships with her family and ended up on the street, living in doorways, squats and tents - wherever she found room.


Useful Websites

Drinkaware - designed to help inform about the implications of drinking alcohol

Drug Rehab is an organisation that provides information and answers for people fighting addiction. The information is clear and very accessible making it an interesting resource for those supporting a person with an addiction or simply to help people in general understand more about addiction.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A UK SITE.

Fixers - Shared stories and advice on alcohol, drugs, crime and other issues

Lions Lifeskills - formerly Tacade, this fantastic website overs lots of resources for sex, drugs, alcohol and more, for all key stages

Recall Report - Alerting the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A UK SITE. 


Talk About Alcohol - an educational website full of games, facts and more

Talk to Frank - an informative website about drugs use, effects and treatment


One cigarette 'may lead to habit for more than two-thirds of people'    

Almost 69% of those who tried smoking went on to smoke daily, analysis of global survey data indicates, highlighting importance of prevention measures.

More than two-thirds of people who try just one cigarette may go on to become regular smokers, new research suggests - The Guardian

NICE guidance - Alcohol interventions


This guideline covers interventions in secondary and further education to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people aged 11 up to and including 18. It also covers people aged 11 to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities in full-time education. It will also be relevant to children aged 11 in year 6 of primary school.

Click here to visit NICE website (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

Or click on the links below.





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