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Position Statement on Shock Tactics

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The Hertfordshire Drug Education Forum has been developing a position statement on shock tactics in drug education which some readers may find useful.

The Hertfordshire Drug Education Forum (DEF) does not support drug education that is purely based upon ‘shock’ tactics; one-off lessons; or teaching methods which aim to engender fear as an effective means of dissuading children and young people from substance misuse or changing their behaviour.

This approach does not meet children and young people’s entitlement to accurate, credible, and objective education about drugs including alcohol, solvents and tobacco. Evidence has shown that this approach may contain information which is biased, exaggerated or even fabricated.

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