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Mother left horrified after school hands out 'step-by-step' guide to taking meth to her daughter

Should drug education include information on how to take drugs more safely?

By Bettina Tyrrell
A New Zealand mother has condemned her daughter's school after her child returned home with a pamphlet handed out during her high school health class which instructs how to use the drug ice in the most legal way possible.
Morgan Julian immediately took action, complaining to her daughter's school, Massey High School in Auckland, after her daughter received the "disturbing" step-by-step guide on how to use methamphetamine safely, clean drug paraphernalia and take the drug without getting caught by authorities.
"Meth is illegal. It's also illegal to own a pipe. Be discrete and only keep less than 5 grams for personal use," reads the pamphlet.
The booklet also suggest swallowing meth over smoking it as it will "produce a smoother and longer lasting high".
Morgan Julian was horrified when her daughter returned home from school with a 'step-by-step' guide to taking meth safely.
9 News reports the school claims the pamphlet was targeted at drug users in the hopes of minimising risk. However, Ms Julian believes it encourages students to start using.
"It reads through, very clearly, on ways to do meth and how to hide meth," she told stuff.co.nz.
"I am all for drug education and keeping our children aware but to blatantly publish a step-by-step guide on how to clean your pipes, swallow instead of injecting and to do it legally, in a way, is disturbing."
"It reads through, very clearly, on ways to do meth and how to hide meth."
Massey High School added that it did not condone illegal drug use and that the "keeping well" tips were part of a larger resource on drug education aimed at 15 to 24-year-olds.
"It is one resource which aims to provide context for students around an issue which negatively impacts far too many young people in New Zealand," the school said in a statement.
"It is not explicitly taught to the students."
Despite the school's statement, more worried parents have come forward on social media to voice their concern.
Executive director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation applauded the high school for acknowledging the risks of meth use and attempting to minimise those through education.
"People would be living under a rock if they didn't think there wasn't a meth problem in New Zealand," he told stuff.co.nz.
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