Young film-makers put drugs in focus

Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby, have produced a DVD about legal highs.'From the left, film makers Joe Wood and John Bradley with student actors Kelsea Smith, Martin Welsh and Oriol Strophair.
Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby, have produced a DVD about legal highs.'From the left, film makers Joe Wood and John Bradley with student actors Kelsea Smith, Martin Welsh and Oriol Strophair.
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CREATIVE pupils have produced a DVD showing the dangers of so-called “legal highs”.

Ryburn Valley High pupils, staff and crew including professional actors have made the DVD, which it is hoped will be watched in schools across Calderdale.

It shows the dangers of legal highs including Ivory Wave.

Government drug advisors called for a ban on the drug and recommended it be made a class B drug just weeks ago.

Pupils Oriol Strophair, Kelsea Smith, Martin Welsh, Evie Myers and staff John Bradley and Joe Wood have all been involved.

They hired a local sweet shop for a week to shoot their film and actors came from London to take part.

The story follows two people, Mr Temptation and Miss Conscience as they try tempt and teach young people about drugs. The stories are of two couples, Jess and Mark and Ash and Steph and the dangers of drugs.

Jill Norman, education, training and development worker from Lifeline’s Branching Out, said: “We want to use this resource to start discussions and make students think about these drugs – the fact that you don’t know what’s in them and they haven’t been tested for human consumption so we have no knowledge of the long-term health effects. They have different effects on different people and that if something goes wrong it can be very serious. All these risks are increased when legal highs are mixed with alcohol and other drugs.”

The Sowerby school worked with Calderdale charity Lifeline and funding came from the Big Lottery fund for the film.

Dr Andy Lockey from Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust also appears in the DVD.

For more information on Drugs Awareness or the DVD, please contact Lifeline Branching Out on 01422 510000.