Teenage magazine slammed for backing drugs

- Emap's Minx magazine, aimed at 15 to 19 year old girls, has been slammed for encouraging its readers to try an ecstasy-like drug that is due to be banned.

- Emap's Minx magazine, aimed at 15 to 19 year old girls, has been slammed for encouraging its readers to try an ecstasy-like drug that is due to be banned.

Minx suggests its readers try a drug called BOD in a recent feature in the fortnightly magazine. Minx describes the drug as 'hip' and says it will deliver eight to 16 hours of 'inner strength, good humour and contentedness.'

The article was condemned by Keith Hellawell, Britain's anti drugs co-ordinator, who was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: "We expect the media to take a responsible attitude to drug misuse. Any unknown chemical concoction can be dangerous."

A spokesman for Emap Elan said the article was meant to be tongue in cheek.

BOD is one of 36 ecstasy style drugs that the Government is due to ban after details of how to make them appeared on a number of websites.





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