26 June: Lausanne in action for the U.N. International Day Against Drugs


The 14 volunteers of the Say No To Drugs Lausanne were very active to celebrate the U.N. International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. 26 June, a date chosen since 1988 to commemorate the dismantling of the opium  trade in China,  leading to the First Opium War.

Aware that too many youth, parents and people had never been really informed on the harmful effects of the drugs on health, memory and skills, they decided to increase their  action.  With their booklets The Truth About Drugs 9 volunteers of the association went to the train station of Fribourg (in the French part of Switzerland) where they handed out no less than 1200 educative booklets on the 14 drugs the most used, including cannabis, alcohol and prescription drugs. Meanwhile, the other volunteers visited 40 shops in the cities of Vevey and Monthey. The shop owners agreed to relay the booklets to their clients to provide them with the proper information on the drugs effects on the body, mind and spirit. In addition 400 anti-drug informative fliers were distributed in houses, referring to the website of the association to find out more about the drugs and the educative materials available to any groups or institutions eager to start a prevention campaign:


Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe was formed in March 2004 with the firm purpose of preventing and stopping debilitating drug use through educating non-users concerning the harmful effects that drugs can inflict upon the body, mind and personality, and by finding and directing existing users to programmes that can help them achieve comfortable abstinence for life.

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