Information campaign in Geneva on the dangers of drugs and alcohol Most drug addicts say that if they had known the consequences of their use, they would never have started using drugs in the first place. In this context, The Geneva association Say no to drugs – Say yes to life decided a launching an information campaign. It started on 20 April and run for the first time for two weeks. About sixty posters were put up on the public highway in F4 format. Posters more small, in A4 format, were delivered in private places, mainly shops. Dozens of businesses/shopkeepers participated in our campaign by distributing information brochures and to support this campaign through action and fundraising. Other businesses will join again. It is planned to distribute 20,000 brochures via our information stands, our volunteers, shops and businesses.

On the new website www.nonaladrogue.ch you can find our brochures on the different drugs that explain what they are, their short and long term effects. You can read them online or download them. There are also documentaries on the main drugs, what they are, their effects and also testimonials from former consumers; real facts and stories of lived experiences and not theories or doctrines. An information stand had been held in the hall of Cornavin Station on Saturday April 24, 2021 from 11 am to 5 pm.

You can also visit our regularly updated Facebook page with the latest information. In traffic education, the first thing children are taught are elementary traffic rules. Measures to protect users are subsequently taken. Likewise, our campaign aims to inform preventively and objectively, without moralizing nor accusing. It follows the logic of the four pillars of the law on narcotics (LStup, art. 1a)¹; indeed, prevention² is the first thing to do. Consumption of narcotics, including alcohol, affects personal health, decreases skills, creates irrational behavior. It also creates social problems and this is a significant financial burden (medical costs, accidents, disability pensions, etc.), but also give a lack of security, worry for the family and a lot of insecurity for the future. The vast majority of the population want to live in a healthy society without drug. Our association Say no to drugs – yes to life Geneva works with dozens of volunteers for more than twenty years on this objective. We gave ourselves the means to increase our presence on the Geneva scene, while respecting health restrictions .

References:

(¹) LStup, art. 1A : Model of the four pillars -1 The Confederation and the cantons are planning measures in the following four areas (four pillar model): a. prevention; b. therapy and rehabilitation; c. harm reduction and survival aid; d. control and repression. -2 The Confederation and the cantons ensure the general protection of health and youth.

(²) To prevent: transitive verb (lat. Preavenire, anticipate) … To anticipate something to avoid its occurrence.

Contact: Patrice Bösiger, communication manager, patrice.b@nonaladrogue.ch.

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