Ayrshire College has come under criticism for drug pamphlets handed out at its freshers' fair
Students at Ayrshire College expressed shock after being handed information leaflets on how to take several Class A drugs at a freshers’ fair.
The pamphlets advise students not to share banknotes when snorting cocaine, as this can cause infections, and to use a nasal spray after a session.
They also suggest making sure cocaine powder is “as fine as possible” and “if your nose is bleeding take a break”, and urge ecstasy to be consumed with “plenty of fluid”.
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Last night, drugs experts slammed the approach, saying they were “staggered” an educational institution was circulating leaflets which “condone and normalise” the consumption of illegal substances.
The college insisted it is “proactive in tackling substance misuse and promoting prevention” but said it was important for those who chose to ignore warnings to “minimise the negative impact on their health”.
One student shared screenshots of the leaflet on Twitter
A section of the Ayrshire College leaflet on snorting drugs reads: “Don’t share straws or notes, this can lead to the spread of infections. Make the powder as fine as possible before snorting. Alternate nostrils to lessen damage to one side.
Ayrshire College does not condone drug use
“Take general care of the nose and use nasal spray to clean out the nose after a session.”
Another part says: “Ecstasy can cause overheating and dehydration. Drinking water or non-alcoholic, isotonic drinks can help with dehydration, but users shouldn’t consume more than a pint every hour.”
One student shared screenshots of the leaflet on Twitter last night with the caption: “Ayrshire College at its finest giving out tips on how to take charlie.”
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Dr Neil McKeganey, director at the Centre for Substance Use Research in Glasgow, said: “Quite frankly, I am staggered that an educational institution should be circulating these suggestions to students which in effect condone and normalise illegal drug use.
“No educational setting should be advising students how they might use these various dangerous and illegal drugs. What they do have a responsibility for is discouraging students from using these drugs, supporting those who are at risk of such drug use and providing access to student health services to those who get into difficulty as a result of their drug use.”
The handout provides new students with detailed advice on how to snort cocaine and take ecstasy
He added: “Ecstasy and cocaine are both highly dangerous substances- the provision of information on how to use these drugs placing students at increased risk of harm is entirely wrong and the educational institution involved should desist from circulating such advice.”
A spokesman for Ayrshire College said: “Ayrshire College does not condone drug use and works in partnership with NHS Ayrshire and Arran on prevention and education.
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The College said they work in partnership with NHS Ayrshire and Arran on prevention and education
“During freshers’ fairs, students are provided with a range on information designed to enhance their wellbeing. Some of this includes information on the effects and associated risks of drug use.
He added: “If prevention doesn’t work and people take drugs, it is important for them to know how to minimise the negative impact on their health.”
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