Most of us are familiar with the recent death of musician’s recent death, which took place after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.
Now, her father is hoping to make an impact in the lives of young people, and prevent this from happening to them.
Winehouse is planning to send drug counselors to schools in UK cities that are seeing the highest number of drug related deaths, two of those cities being Brighton and Hove. He feels that the more “educated and engaged” the students are, the better chance they have at avoiding a potentially deadly struggle with addiction.
“The fact is kids don’t want to be told they shouldn’t be taking these drugs,” said Winehouse. “They just need to be educated about the dangers so they are empowered to make their own decision.”
The plan is to have the counselors and representatives in the schools by the end of the year.
Along with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Mr. Winehouse also voiced his support for other charities with the same goal in mind. The Angelus Foundation was started following the death of a medical student from University of Sussex. Hester Stewart’s death occurred in 2009 after taking the drug GBL.
The Angelus Foundation is also pushing for more programs that raise drug awareness in schools throughout the area.
With drugs use invading schools, these organizations hope to expose the hidden dangers that some students may not see. We can only hope to see more programs like this spread through schools.
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Original article theargus.co.uk
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