On 18th July, the Italian drug prevention team of Dico No Alla Droga (Say No To Drugs) was collaborating with other sponsors to the organization of the 7th edition of the StraSanGiacomo Valenza Foot Race. This event under the patronage of the City of Valenza is part of an important patronal event and gathering some 600 participants who received the marijuana leaflet. A great race that was reported in many media and they did a gift of 1560 Euros to the firemen of Valenza.
On 20th July, the association Dico No Alla Droga (Say No To Drugs), with the support of Puglia.com did an extensive distribution of some 10,000 booklets The Truth About Drugs during the Jova Beach Party. There were some 40,000 people spectators who attended this high level musical show gathering big names of the music. “The Jova Beach Party in Barletta was an explosion of music, joy, fun but also of eco-sustainability”.
At the same time, in Bergamo, 20 Say No To Drugs volunteers set up a booth and distributed more than 3,000 booklets to citizenships and tourists.
Meanwhile in the City of Rome 2,000 booklets were handed out to the public when in San Benedetto del Tronto, located in the Marches region of central Italy, the “Free from Drugs” volunteers distributed thousands of information brochures mainly concerning Alcohol, Marijuana and Heroine which are the most widely used drugs by young and old generations.
As a reminder:
The EMCDDA Report 2019 indicates that in Italy, 21% of the young adults (15-34 years) have used marijuana in 2017. Among adults reporting the use of illegal psychoactive substances in 2017, 1 in 10 reported polydrug use.
Among the 15-16 year-old school students, according the ESPAD* data of 2015, 57% are using alcohol (more than the European average: 48%) and same for cannabis (27% versus 16% in Europe).
(*) ESPAD: European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs in 35 countries.