HC Deb 11 January 2000 vol 342 c142W
Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to raise awareness of the dangers of gamma hydroxy butyrate. [103377]

Yvette Cooper

Information on the dangers of gamma hydroxy butyrate is included in the leaflets "The Score" (targeted at 14–16 year olds) and "D-MAG" (targeted at 16 and upwards) produced by the Health Education Authority as part of a campaign on behalf of the Department which aims to educate 11–25 year olds and parents about the dangers of drug misuse.

In order to further raise awareness regarding the dangers and physical effects of gamma hydroxy butyrate, the Medicines Control Agency has issued briefings to Heads of Police Force Intelligence Bureaux, Trading Standard Officers and Environmental Health Officers. This action was supplemented by a series of presentations by the MCA, in conjunction with the National Criminal Intelligence Service, to the 43 regional police forces throughout the country.