Civic associations Say No to Drugs – Say Yes to Life Czech organized 12 days long the biggest antidrug campaign Cyclo-run for drug free Czech republic 2016 which is associated with sport promoting a life without drugs and enjoys a high level of attention from the media. The 14th volume of the campaign, held 13.6. – 24.6. 2016, aimed to highlight the LONG-STANDING NEGLECT OF DRUG EDUCATION in Czech republic, especially regarding the highest risk group – secondary school students (children between 10-15 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 marihuana in the Czech Republic half of which are addicted to this drug. Furthermore, there are an estimated 150,000 risk users of marihuana!
– 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 2015), 36.8 % of 15-16 year olds have tried smoking marihuana. That brings the Czech Republic to a very sad first place in all of Europe! At the route Cyclo-run team visited 39 Czech and Moravia towns. Here Cyclo-run team most often visited mayors and deputy mayors; in case of eight regional capitals also deputy mayors for education and social and health policy. Meetings were also often attended by the heads of the local municipal police forces or local managers of municipal security. Lecturers delivered at schools to children antidrug lectures, at the streets were organizing information campaigns with distribution of anti-drug
materials. This event was daily published in the mainstream media (newspaper, TV, radio and websites) and reached over 4,5 milion of citizens in 10 working days! Final results from Cyclorun for drug free Czech Republic 2015 during 10 days:
Total lenght of the route: 1.252 km
Number of children who received anti-drug lectures: 6.030
Number of distributed anti-drug materials: 85.300
Number of schools where was delivered anti-drug lectures: 65
Number of delivered anti-drug lectures: 137
Number of street distributing events: 44
Number of articles about Cyclorun: 55 (printed), 90 (interent)
Nuber of TV reports about Cyclorun: 15