From the Office of the Minister of Health
July 14, 2017
Preliminary studies suggest that early underage use of magic, unauthorized and outside of licensed magic education facilities, is a leading cause of the current epidemic of magic addiction among the millennial generation.
Topher and Gantz (2016) found that unguided self-study rarely leads to the understanding of limits and shielding needed for the controlled use of magic seen in the grounded and non-addicted practitioner. Further, self-study leads novice users into deep magic without first establishing a grounding in the fundamentals of the art.
Self-study is currently enabled by underground magic clubs among pre-teens and teens, especially in rural areas lacking in other pastimes and amusements and at great distance from licensed training facilities. (Hopper, 2015) Black-market shops and street dealers supplying these self-study students with access to arcane materials and ingredients also stimulate the practice, as well as cutting into the state tax revenue from legal and licensed arcana providers. (Ministry of Finance, 2016)
In a small scale experiment, the establishment of a new satellite campus of Grimaldi Academy in the rural community of Whitsell, combined with government provided vouchers for students at 125% of the poverty line or below, yielded an astounding 63% decrease in cases of magic addiction in the area over a three year period. (Hopper, 2015) A second such experiment is currently in place in Gravesend with a satellite of Priory Preparatory. (Hopper, 2015)
It is the opinion of the Ministry that magic addiction and the associated issues of temper control and rage, inability to hold down a job, fighting, theft, magical amputation and self-immolation pose one of the most serious threats to the health and safety of the country. (Ministry of Health Vital Statistics Report 2016) We therefore support the expansion of the Grimaldi solution to an additional 9 rural areas over the next five years. The estimated cost of this expansion is $185million. While that cost may seem high, the current cost of treating magic addiction is climbing at a pace that would put it at $1billion by 2020. Action must be taken.