Narcomania: I Watched Former Drug Addicts Give a Reality Check to Schoolkids in London

Some drugs. Photo by Jake Lewis.

Britain has the highest rate of cocaine use among school-age kids in Europe, the highest rates for early drunkenness, and higher than most rates for cannabis, ecstasy, and general addictive drug use.

The overall picture is in fact not as bad as it might sound—like most of the developed world, teenage drug use in the UK has been falling over the last 15 years, probably as a result of a mixture of wider factors. Parents are being better parents and...

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