Civic associations Say No to Drugs – Say Yes to Life Czech organized 10 days long the biggest anti-drug campaign Cyclo-run for drug free Czech Republic 2015 which is associated with sport promoting a life without drugs and enjoys a high level of attention from the media. The 13th year of the campaign aimed to highlight the LONG-STANDING NEGLECT OF DRUG EDUCATION in Czech Republic, especially regarding the highest risk group – secondary school students (children between 10 and 15 years of age).
– It is estimated that in the Czech Republic there are 300,000 teenagers between the age of 15 and 19 who have already had an experience with an illegal drug. Since, there is around 622,000 adolescents nationwide in total, nearly every other has had an experience with an illegal substance!
– According to a survey, there are 60,000 daily users of marijuana in the Czech Republic. Half of which are addicted to this drug. Furthermore, there are an estimated 150,000 risk users of marijuana!
– The age limit of a first-time drug user has gone down to 10 years of age!
– According to the latest European school survey on alcohol and other drugs (ESPAD 2011), 42.3 % of 15-16 year olds have tried smoking marijuana. That brings the Czech Republic to a
very sad first place in all of Europe!
Along the route Cyclo-run team visited 40 Czech and Moravia towns and most often visited mayors and deputy mayors and in eight regional capitals also the deputy mayors for education, social and health policy. Meetings were also often attended by the heads of the local municipal police forces or local managers of municipal security. Anti-drug lectures were delivered at schools to children meanwhile in the streets were organized information campaigns with distribution of anti-drug materials. These events were daily published in the mainstream media (newspaper, TV, radio and websites) and reached over 4 milion citizens in 10 days!
Final results from Cyclorun for drug free Czech Republic 2015 during 10 days:
Total lenght of the route: 1 492 km
Number of children who received anti-drug lectures: 4 992
Number of distributed anti-drug materials: 68 015
Number of schools where was delivered anti-drug lectures: 57
Number of delivered anti-drug lectures: 125
Number of street distributing events: 44
Number of articles about Cyclorun: 82