The Kely Support Group has extended the scope of its drug education workshops to all international secondary schools, with new funds from the Narcotics Division. The programmes will reach 8,000 students a year in 40 international secondary schools. Funding will cover workshops to be run over two years, beginning in September. The workshops will be run in collaboration with the division, which for the past three years has been funding Kely's similar scheme in local schools. Kely began its drug education workshops in international schools in 1991 and currently works with 15 schools in the sector, aided with funding from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Goldman Sachs, individual schools and the public. The workshops, which will be given as one-hour assemblies or 40-minute talks to classes, will identify common drugs and explain their effects and risks. Students will also be taught refusal skills and shown how drugs affect relationships, from family to friends and schoolmates. Former drug users will attend the workshops to give first-hand accounts of the dangers of abuse. Outreach worker David Simpson said the workshops would also give students advice on how to prevent having their drinks spiked with drugs, a problem noticed at several beach parties in recent months. 'We have had quite a few calls from parents saying their children have told of incidents where drugs have been slipped in their drink. Before it was a choice to do drugs, now it is different. Everyone is at risk,' he said.