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Educate to Protect

Jan 8, 2018 by

Who does not remember his lessons in geography and economics mentioning the region of Charleroi, the Black Country (Pays Noir), as the Belgian high place of the steel industry, the mechanical industry and others, which made it the social capital of Wallonia. But, the relocation of industries and the globalization of the economy had  effects on the population and youth in particular allowing the drug to creep into the social fabric and to settle with its cohort of evils and miseries . This led the head of the association Say No to Drugs Belgium* to react: « It is necessary to make these young people aware of the reality of drugs before they tumble into this world of illusions and misery « and she decided to take action with his volunteers. As part of the holiday...

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Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF)...

Déc 12, 2017 by

The involvement of civil society is one of the cornerstones of European drugs policy as presented in the Commission’s Green Paper of 26 June 2006 on the role of civil society in drugs policy in the European Union. The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) is a broad platform for a structured dialogue between the Commission and the European civil society which supports policy formulation and implementation through practical advice. The CSF, whose constituency changes every 2 or 3 years with the possibility of new candidates, has around 40 members, representing different stakeholders and different policy options. The members of the Forum have drug-related activities as the core focus of their agenda, covering different aspects (e.g. treatment, prevention, social reintegration…). Most of them are established in the form of transnational networks covering a number of eligible...

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The Opioid Problem

Nov 9, 2017 by

In Europe: EMCDDA      1.3 million of European people are high-risk opiod users. The latest data show that heroin use still accounts for the majority, around 80%, of new opiod related treatment demands in Europe. 630 000 opioid users received substitution treatment in 2015. Europe’s overdose deaths rose for the third consecutive year in 2015 to 8,441 and 81 percent of them were related to opioids, which include heroin*. New drugs were reported to the EU Early Warning System at a rate of one per week in 2016; moreover, even if the pace at which new substances are being introduced may be slowing, the overall number of substances available on the market continues to grow. “We have seen in the last 18 months the rapid emergence of new highly potent synthetic opioids, mostly...

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The Story of OxyContin, the « HillBilly Heroin »...

Nov 6, 2017 by

  18 October 2017 http://www.esquire.com/news- politics/a12775932/sackler- family-oxycontin/ By any assessment, the family’s leaders have pulled off three of the great marketing triumphs of the modern era: The first is selling OxyContin; the second is promoting the Sackler name; and the third is ensuring that, as far as the public is aware, the first and the second have nothing to do with one another. … After attending medical school on Arthur’s dime, Mortimer and Raymond followed him to jobs at the Creedmoor psychiatric hospital in Queens. There, they coauthored more than one hundred studies on the biochemical roots of mental illness. The brothers’ research was promising—they were among the first to identify a link between psychosis and the hormone cortisone—but their findings were mostly ignored by their professional peers, who, in keeping with the era, favored...

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APFAD 2017 Singapore

Oct 30, 2017 by

The FDFE Representative attended the 2nd Asia Pacific Forum Against Drugs, held in Singapore on 6 October 2017 and gathering about 200 delegates of like-minded organizations. Here after a Summary.    ASIA-PACIFIC FORUM AGAINST DRUGS 2017 « Together, A Drug-Free World for our Children” The National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) of Singapore organised the 2nd Asia-Pacific Forum Against Drugs (APFAD). The event brought together local and foreign delegates from government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society groups, to network and discuss how to better counter the continuing global calls for drug liberalization and the lobbying of pro-drug groups. 2. In the two years since the inaugural APFAD in 2015, the calls for drug decriminalization and legalization have grown louder. Pro-decriminalization and legalization groups continue to push their agenda. Against this backdrop, APFAD aims to rally like-minded people and...

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The drug problem in Europe- A solution...

Oct 3, 2017 by

 The non-profit NGO Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) established in 2004 is working with a hundred of Say No To Drugs (SNTD) associations of volunteers through Europe. They are using the informative and educative materials of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World with the purpose of empowering youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions to be drug free. The last 2017 Reports from UNODC and EMCDDA again gave alarming data on increasing drug consumption in Europe with more than 7500 deaths by overdoses. A clever use of semantic by the marketing with words such as “soft drugs » or “recreational drugs” abused the youth, making the drug use sounds as fun and harmless. The reality, as still shown by the above reports, is sadly different. The current...

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