Amy inspires drug education scheme

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is planning to launch a drugs and alcohol education programme in Morecambe.

The charity, set up in memory of the late singer, wants to roll out its Resilience scheme in secondary schools in Morecambe and Preston.

The foundation will hold a meeting with partner charity Addaction next month to discuss which schools should be involved.

The scheme aims to raise teenagers’ awareness of drug and alcohol misuse and help reduce substance abuse in young people.

Singer-songwrriter Amy died aged 27 in July 2011 of alcohol poisoning, after years of battling high-profile drug and alcohol problems.

Speaking at the national launch of the programme in London, Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said proper education on the issues in many schools was lacking.

He said: “Amy always had a lot of time for young people and wanted to help them whenever she could. Through the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme we will be able to help thousands of young people – and Amy would have been very proud of that.

“Parents are hugely concerned about the problems, but drug and alcohol education isn’t on the national curriculum.

“And in the few areas of the UK that do have programmes, these only happen once or twice a year and don’t include any teacher training, parent engagement or on-going student support.

“It was in direct response to these problems that we set up our new programme. We believe it will effectively change drug and alcohol education in this country for the better.”

The Resilience programme, which is being introduced in 10 different areas, will be led by former addicts who have been trained by professional support workers.

They will look at issues such as peer pressure and self-esteem as well as the harmful affects substance misuse can have.

There will also be training for teachers in spotting the warning signs of addiction and information for parents on broaching the subject with teenagers.