Schools Programme: Angelus continues to take its films into schools and encourage young people to complete a questionnaire, capturing both the knowledge and attitudes before and after viewing an Angelus film. After viewing the film 96% of the students state that it has put them off trying legal highs or taking them again.
Home Office Review: Angelus has campaigned hard for a public health programme and stopping supply of these substances through the high street headshops. On 30 October, the Home Office published its review on legal highs which included commitment to both objectives. Angelus will be working with officials and MPs from all parties to ensure the report’s recommendation are delivered on.
The former Drugs Minister, Norman Baker MP said in a Parliamentary debate,” I thank Maryon Stewart and her organisation for the superb work they have done over the years to push the agenda and highlight the importance of prevention and education.”
Films: Angelus has produced the first ever education film about risks and harsm from synthetic cannabis. It was made in partnership with KCA (Kent Youth Services) and was featured on BBC News.
A new comedy film, starring stand-up comic Jeff Leach, called Lab Rats was launched via social media on 12 December.
Ambassadors: Television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Dr Hilary Jones have agreed to become Angelus Ambassadors and have been engaging on a new film project for parents ready to be launched in the New Year.
Festivals: We have worked closely with the Association of Independent Festivals and persuaded dozens of festivals (including Glastonbury) to blackout their websites on 3 May with safety information. We have also formed a close partnership with Brownstock Festival in Essex to assist with audience safety around new substances.
Yourvine: Angelus has launched an innovative learning programme with marketing experts Yourvine. The Real Deal game exposes the reckless and haphazard nature of the supply of these substances and includes key health and safety messages. Results show the game is very successful in challenging views on these substances and encouraging a more enlightened outlook to their risks. Analytics produced by Yourvine show: 81% understood legal highs were dangerous, 89% felt they had learnt something and 71% would definitely recommend it to a friend.
Ketamine film: Angelus met with the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Professor Les Iversen, who was about to publish a report on harms of ketamine. Angelus was invited to produce and show a film about the dangers of ketamine at the press launch. The film attracted coverage by BBC TV News at One as well as the Daily Mail.
Our young people’s website has an updated version of ‘Not What it Says on the Tin’ to reflect legal changes. Our site had over 50,000 hits in 2013 with an average visit time of over eight minutes.
Home Affairs Committee: Maryon Stewart and Jeremy Sare gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee in November 2013 – the subsequent report paid tribute to the work of Angelus and encouraged the Government to engage with The Angelus Foundation to initiate an improved schools programme on legal highs.
Headshops: Angelus has maintained a strong Parliamentary campaign against high street ‘headshops’. We have liaised closely with MPs and peers of all parties as this is very much a cross-party issue. The proposed legal measure targeting the high street sale of legal highs contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill maintained a high profile for the subject on the parliamentary agenda. Angelus’s work in this area drew praise from all sides of the House of Lords in the debate in December 2013
Angelus’s new film for young people was shown to 200 delegates at the 2nd International NPS Conference on 12 September. This event included all the experts across the EU in NPS, prevalence, chemistry, forensic science, medical harms.
University students: Angelus attended Kings College London and Southampton Fresher’s Fairs in September 2013, providing information on the dangers of legal highs. Over 120 students signed up to receive Angelus newsletters and we will be working with a group of students interested in becoming Campus Ambassadors
Following a meeting with the Chair of the Festival Association, the Angelus Foundation have been invited to present to 45 festival owners with a view to collaborating with them to raise awareness about the dangers of legal highs at festivals in 2014.
In August 2013, Angelus published a handbook for parents in conjunction with Adfam and the Club Drug Clinic. It contains basic information on legal highs and club drugs, including advice on how to hold a conversation with young people about the additional risks of these substances. The second edition is to be reprinted and redesigned in September with help from colleagues at Leagas Delaney.
Professor Fenton, Director of Health & Wellness and Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Alcohol & Drugs at Public Health England, have invited the Angelus Foundation to join forces to tackle the legal highs epidemic.
The international communications agency Leagas Delaney created a national media campaign to support Findout in 2012. Vitamin London undertook the re-brand, designed & build the whynotfindout.org site and re-designed www.angelusfoundation.com. On October 2012, Angelus launched the first comprehensive online resource for young people in the world dedicated to legal highs and club drugs at www.whynotfindout.org
Angelus successfully campaigned to get the Government drug information service, Talk to Frank, to include a section on legal highs and to get Google to remove adverts selling GBL.
By April 2010, both GBL and Mephedrone controlled as drugs so banning their possession and supply.
We have gathered a world class Advisory Board consisting of over 20 experts including the best academics in the world on the subject of ‘legal highs’/NPS and party drugs.
Maryon Stewart was invited to submit evidence to the Home Affairs Committee in February 2012 (click on this link to view).
Angelus Advisers presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Reform, Chaired by Baroness Meacher, on recognising drugs as a mandatory subject on the national curriculum for schools, creating a new Ministry of Drugs, Alcohol and Well-Being and establishing a forensic lab dedicated to analysing new substances
We have also raised significant sums at charity auction events over the summer of 2012. Elton John donated to Angelus the silk coat he wore to Live Aid in 1985 and the tennis shirt worn by Andy Murray during his recent victory in the US Open was donated to us.
Produced short films called Russian Roulette and Not What It Says On The Tin which have been shown in schools to raise awareness about the impact that legal highs can have on people’s lives. Produced a film called Not What It Says On The Tin for parents, presented by Cherie Lunghi.
Angelus successfully achieved the removal of all ‘legal highs’ from Amazon UK and international websites.
Angelus drafted an amendment to the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill which would make it an offence to sell NPS (new psychoactive substances) particularly in high street Headshops.
Angelus got the agreement of Jeremy Browne, the Crime Prevention Minister who also chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee, to dedicate an Inter-Ministerial Meeting to the subject of legal highs and show the Angelus film ‘Not what it says on the tin’, which took place in July 2013.
The following people are now supporting the Angelus Foundation: The Duchess of Kent, Baroness Margaret Eaton, Lord Parry Mitchell, Baroness Susan Greenfield, the actors Cherie Lunghi and Felicity Kendal and celebrity presenter Jeff Leach.
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