Hard-hitting messages to discourage young people from taking drugs are to be brought to secondary schools next week by the chart-topping band QFX. Under the auspices of the Scotland Against Drugs programme, the band will talk to first-year and second-year pupils in 14 secondary schools about the drugs culture they are likely to encounter in local clubs.
Scotland Against Drugs is the all-party campaign launched last year by Michael Forsyth, the former Secretary of State. A survey last November showed that more than half of 16-year-olds had experimented with drugs.
QFX will meet pupils without their teachers to make sure there is as free a dialogue as possible. Lucy McGuinesss, of Scotland Against Drugs, said: "You don't have to take drugs to have a good time." The emphasis will be on "zero tolerance" but the importance of clear information will also be stressed.