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Substance Misuse - Key Stage 3&4 

Resources, guidelines and articles


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

QCDA guidance was published in 2005 by the (then QCA) now the 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) is able to offer the following resources free of charge to all UK schools:

  • AET Teacher Workbook - 100 page document including lesson plans, games and quizzes organised by topic and year group - 1 copy
  • 'Alcohol and You' student guide - up to 250 copies (or enough for a year group)
  • 'Talking to Kids about Alcohol' parent guide - up to 250 copies (or enough for a year group)

E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs) - information on e-cigarettes

E-CIG Guidance for SW CIC Nurses

ECig Key Messages for CIC Nurses

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

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

Legal Highs (Novel Psychoactive Substances)

Alcohol Education Trust newsletter Autumn 2015



BBC News – US teen died after drinking caffeine too quickly, coroner says.

Vice - The Inside Story of How the UK's BIG City Drug Gangs Are Taking Over the Rest of the Country

Bournemouth Echo - Country lines, cuckoo-ing and BOGOFs- how urban drug gangs are setting up in Dorset

Sky News - Drug Dealers 'Cuckooing' Vulnerable People

 National Elf Service - Cannabis and psychosis: it's high time for a review

BBC News - Legal highs: Spice addiction 'made me punch myself' 

BT News - How will the new legal high legislation work?


Useful Websites

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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


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