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Quadro QRS 250G

Richard Bailey on his Talking Education and Sport blog takes a look at how technology can help detect drug use amongst students:

If only there was a foolproof way of finding users, so that they could be helped to give up the gear, and take up more wholesome activities, like cricket and close harmony singing.

It turns out that there is a method.

The Quadro QRS 250G “Detector” (the Quadro Tracker) is a plastic box with an antenna. The manufacturers claim that this machine can detect drugs via “tuned frequency chips” to hone in on its target…

Richard doesn’t seem convinced, and perhaps with good reason; as looking into it a bit more it appears that the gizmo was taken off the market at the end of the 1990s on the inconvenient grounds it was a complete fake.

Ah well. Back to the drawing board…

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Drug Education Scam

DrugScope are reminding readers of their website about the ongoing attempts to scam small businesses:

For some time DrugScope has been aware of companies operating under different and constantly changing names targeting small businesses across the UK, offering sponsorship of drug education materials to be used in local schools. A cold call will elicit a pro-forma invoice and possibly a copy of the materials that the business is invited to sponsor or advertise in. The resources are of poor quality, often contain inaccurate, misleading or plagiarised information and are grossly overpriced in order to maximise profits.

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Cake

Yesterday at the Drug Education Practitioners Forum a number of us were reflecting on the recent Strawberry Meth hoax and just how easy it is to fall for these things.

Someone reminded us of the Brass Eye sketch on CAKE and through the wonders of the internet I’m able to bring it to you.

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Police duped over fictional drug

The BBC:

Police have sent out a hoax drugs warning to schools over a fake drug called “strawberry meth”.

The warning said that the drug was being given to children outside their school gates.

At least 80 schools in west Oxfordshire received an e-mail warning, leading to some holding special assemblies.

Thames Valley Police said the error was down to a officer new in his post who had received an e-mail internally and had acted in good faith.

I know this email has been doing the rounds – one version has a reference to the police in Pendle doing a briefing to councillors on the drug – but as is now clear this is a fake.

Update –  The story has now been picked up by The Telegraph and The NUT

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Charity publishers closed in the public interest

The Government News Network:

A Liverpool-based company which used misleading sales practices to solicit sponsorship from businesses for books covering children’s issues such as bullying, drug awareness and internet safety has been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by Companies Investigation Branch.

Taylor Tanner Publications Limited used a host of misleading sales practices to obtain payment from sponsors, including representing itself to be a charity; deceiving businesses into believing that they had previously agreed to sponsor books; issuing invoices to businesses that had refused to provide sponsorship; and sending duplicate invoices to businesses which had already paid sponsorship monies. Such practices had continued in the face of a Police caution and were compounded by aggressive and persistent debt collection tactics causing numerous businesses to pay for sponsorship that they had not agreed to.

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Drug education scam returns

DrugScope:

DrugScope is warning small businesses and schools to be on their guard as a scam involving drug education materials continues to target community-minded individuals.

For some time DrugScope has been aware of companies operating under different and constantly changing names targeting small businesses across the UK, offering sponsorship of drug education materials to be used in local schools. A cold call will elicit a pro-forma invoice and possibly a copy of the materials that the business is invited to sponsor or advertise in. The resources are of poor quality, often contain inaccurate, misleading or plagiarised information and are grossly overpriced in order to maximise profits.

We too get calls from businesses about this scam.  Often they are promised that the resources will be given away to schools for free.

Its important that schools and others buying drug education resources choose their own resources; they know the children and young people and the ethos they are trying to create and are best placed to make the choices about what they need to deliver effective drug education.

Along with the excellent advice that DrugScope gives about contacting the Office of Fair Trading and  the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, I’d suggest that businesses who are approached about funding drug education resources makes sure they are dealing with a reputable organisation before even thinking about writing a cheque.

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The Endless Drug Scam

Harry over at the Druglink Blog has an interesting post about dodgy publishers:

For several years, small businesses have been targeted by fraudulent publishing companies over the production of drug education and other materials for school children. It is still going on and the authorities seem powerless to stop it.

DrugScope’s name often appears on these booklets and some have included text stolen from our website. We have nothing to do with this fraud and have dealt with several enquiries over the years from people who have been approached.

I’ve certainly been approached a couple of times by businesses wanting to check the legitimacy of publishers trying this scam on, and you can understand why it keeps on working.

Harry suggests that if you come across this sort of thing there are a number of actions you can take, and gives details of what to do.

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