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Enforce the law before saying it doesn’t work!

Mai 10, 2019 by

Enforce the law before saying it doesn’t work!  This is the position of the Association Say No to Drugs – Geneva.

Prevention is the first of the four pillars clearly set out in the Narcotic Drugs Act (LStup)*.

 

It is precisely on prevention that the association Say No to Drugs – Geneva has been working for about twenty years. To strengthen its action, it is launching a one-month poster and brochure distribution campaign on May 8, 2019, using the Geneva Transports (TPGs) as a support. Inside the vehicles: spots and displays filled with brochures. Outside: posters. With, for those who feel concerned, all the information and access contact to the association’s website.

This campaign is aimed at young and older people, parents, teachers, educators and all those who are concerned by drugs. Well-researched brochures and videos provide objective and simple information on the risks faced by drug users. They explain what drugs are, their effects, and how some people end up trapped without being able to get out of it. Former drug addicts give poignant and informative testimonies. It is up to each of us to draw our own conclusions.

Since the beginning of the year 2019, the association’s volunteers have already distributed more than 47,000 brochures in Geneva and its surroundings. An additional 50,000 brochures will be distributed during the poster campaign, in addition to those of the campaign itself.

The Narcotic Drugs Act (LStup), which has been revised several times, states:
Article 1a   Four Pillars Model:
1 The Confederation and the cantons plan measures in the following four areas (…):
(a) prevention;
(b) therapy and rehabilitation;
(c) harm reduction and survival support;
(d) control and repression.

Logically, the more effective prevention is, the less resources will be required for the other points. A lot of effort has been put into points (b) (c) and (d), with high costs and disappointing results. As for Article 1a), let us dare to say it, it gives the legal obligation to do prevention! Is this obligation really sufficiently respected? Let us stop saying that the law does not work. Let’s apply it!

The association Say No to Drugs – Geneva encourages everyone to strengthen and support prevention.

For further information, please contact the secretary:
patrice.b@adnad.org or 076 367 11 36.

(*)https://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/19981989/201801010000/812.121.pdf