Now, Winehouse drugs education scheme in schools

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 11, 2013 09:10 hrs

London, March 11 (IANS) Late actress Amy Winehouse's father Mitch Winehouse will launch a drugs education programme in schools in the honour of his late daughter.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will be launched in 50 secondary schools Tuesday across England, aiming to ensure that both teachers and young people are better informed, reports

Amy was found dead at her home here on July 23, 2011. She died as a result of an excessive amount of alcohol consumption. She was 27.

"Everyone wants their kids to make informed choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol. But it's such a complicated subject to understand, especially when you look at all the new legal highs that have appeared over the past few years, that it's no wonder that parents feel in the dark about what to do," said Mitch.

"Drugs education in schools is woefully underfunded and has been far too inconsistent. That's if it happens at all. When it does, it doesn't look at why people turn to drugs or drink.

"Our new secondary schools programme will give everyone - including parents, teachers and the pupils themselves - the skills and knowledge they need. That's something that will really help our young people," he added.

British comedian Russell Brand will help launch the initiative, which also provides a free, confidential phone and online service for young people, supported by ChildLine.

The comedian is due to attend the launch of the programme, developed in conjunction with Addaction, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre here on Tuesday.

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