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Drug education legacy 'more important' than Amy's music

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will be rolled out to 50 secondary schools across the UK today.

The education programme aims to change the way children are taught about drugs and alcohol in school.

Speaking to Daybreak, Amy's father Mitch said: "Amy's music legacy will look after itself.

"Everyone knows what a wonderful girl she was, a great singer, a philanthropist in her own way. This could be even more important."

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Mitch Winehouse launches drug and alcohol programme

The father of Amy Winehouse will launch a major new drug and alcohol education programme today.

Mitch Winehouse will demand changes to the way children are taught about drugs and alcohol in school.

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will be rolled out to 50 secondary schools across the UK.

Singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

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Winehouse Foundation school programme

Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. Credit: Reuters

The father of Amy Winehouse has warned a generation of children are being put at risk by "woefully underfunded" drug and alcohol education.

Mitch Winehouse said there was a "worrying knowledge gap" about substance misuse among young people as he prepares to join forces with comic Russell Brand to launch a new education programme for schools.

Russell Brand is throwing his weight behind the new education programme. Credit: Reuters

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme will initially be rolled out to 50 English secondary schools and will provide a free, confidential phone and online service for young people, supported by Childline.

Singer Amy died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at 27 years old.