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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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