The Department does not estimate the amount of teaching time schools dedicate to teaching about illegal or prescription drugs, or legal highs.
All pupils should be educated about the dangers and effects of drugs, and drug education forms part of the national curriculum for science. This ensures that pupils are taught about the effects of drugs on behaviour, health and life processes. Provision in this area can be built on and extended through non-statutory personal, social and health education (PSHE), should schools choose to do so.
Understanding the risks associated with drugs is an important part of young people's education. To support this we launched the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) on