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Converse with Frank is the extensive running anti-drug movement the UK has had. Yet, has it halted anybody taking drugs?

Drug education in the UK was changed forever ten years ago when a Swat team raided a quiet suburban kitchen. Grim warnings about how drugs could mess you up and genuine pleas to resist the pushers that were creeping around every playground were gone. A lighter, more humorous approach was used instead.


In the main advertisement, an adolescent kid brings in a police grab squad to capture his mom when she recommends they have a tranquil chat about medications. The message delivered by the advert had not been heard before either "Drugs are illegal. Talking about them isn't. So, Talk to Frank."


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One can actually say that Frank which was a brain child of "Mother" ad firm became the new National Drugs Helpline Young people were meant to feel Frank was a helpful elder brother they could trust and from whom they could seek advice on illegal drugs. In the bid to make the Frank label a very popular one among the young people in the country, programs like the tour round a brain house, and Pablo the canine drugs mule were all incorporated.


According to Justin Tindal, the creative director of Leo Burnett the ad agency, what is of more importance is the fact that no-one ever saw Frank physically, so it was difficult for mockers to pick on him or blame him for not treating the kids right. Even the YouTube videos that spoof Frank are respectful. There is additionally no sign that Frank is a specialist of the services, something that makes it uncommon in the annals of government-supported movements.

Education about drug has come a long way since Nancy Reagan and the UK cast of Grange Hill told kids to "Just Say No," which a lot of people not believe was completely counterproductive.


The majority of the advertisements in Europe currently concentrate, like Frank, on attempting to share objective info to assist youngsters to make their own choices. There are still images of prison cells and hurt parents being presented in countries that have strong penalties for drugs possession. You play, you pay. is the ad used to warn young people going for night clubbing in Singapore.

In the UK, the government has burned through millions on Above the Influence, a long-running movement that urges positive contrasting options to drug usage utilizing a blend of amusement and useful examples. The stress is on chatting to youngsters by using their language - one advertisement depicts a group of "stoners" forsaken on a couch. But the scare tactics is still prevalent in majority of the campaigns against drugs around the globe, especially the "descent into hell" which is drug inspired. The DrugsNot4Me series recently launched a commercial in Canada that shows a beautiful, self-assured young lady metamorphosis after using "drugs" into a shaking, hollow-eyed mess.

Inquire about into a UK anti-drugs movements in the vicinity of 1999 and 2004 proposes promotions demonstrating the antagonistic impacts of medication mishandle can regularly empower youngsters "on the edges of society" to explore different avenues regarding drugs.


Frank broke new ground and was abundantly critiqued by opposed Conservative politicians at the while for setting out to propose that drugs may offer highs in addition to lows.


"Cocaine makes you feel on top of the world" was used in one of the early internet ad campaigns.

Understanding the true information behind the message was very difficult. Matt Powell, the man behind the cocaine advertisement and then creative director of the digital agency, Profero, currently thinks he formed a too favourable estimate of the attention span of the typical person who browses the Internet. A few people might have stayed around for the animation's end to discover more regarding the undesirable effects. The idea behind the ad according to Powell is to make the Frank brand a more honest one by being sincere to teenagers about drugs.

A 67% of the youth say they would ask Frank for advice related to drugs according to the Home Office. In 2011 and 2012, Frank received 225,892 calls and 3,341,777 visits to the website. These figures provide proof that the Frank approach bears results.

Though the response is good, it is no evidence that Frank just like other available anti-drug campaigns has discouraged people from indulging in drugs.

Substance use in the United Kingdom has decreased by 9% in the ten years since the campaign was introduced, though the pros say a lot of this is because of a decline in the use of cannabis use, probably connected to younger people's changing attitudes towards smoking tobacco.


Frank - What Is It?

FRANK was launched in 2003 as a collaborated effort of the Department of Health and Home Office of the British government as a national drug education service. It was designed to lower the rate of both legal and illegal drug use by providing education to teenagers and young people about what the effects of using drug and alcohol could be. Several media campaigns on the web and on radio have been put out by this programme.


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Services

FRANK provides the following services for people who seek information and/or advice about drugs

  • A website
  • A private phone number, accessible 24 hours a day
  • Email
  • A live private chat service that's available from 2 pm - 6 pm every day
  • A service to help find appropriate counselling or treatment