Geneva: “Punching” action against drugs


While the Federal Council has completed last month a very specific consultation (Consultation on the draft amendment of the Narcotics Act and Ordinance on pilot tests within the meaning of the Narcotics Act), the association Say No to Drugs Geneva has decided to give its opinion on the ground with a distribution of drug booklets that took place from Geneva to Montreux, in shops and letter boxes.

The policy of the four pillars of the Federal Narcotics Law (LStup, Article 1a) is clear. The first pillar is prevention, which clearly involves information and education. Unfortunately, it must be noted, without minimizing what is already being done, that prevention is being done too timidly.

For Say No to Drugs, prevention means acting before problems occur by answering this question: how is physical and mental health affected by occasional or regular use? The booklets that were distributed provide accurate and scientifically documented data on a drug-by-drug basis. It is then up to each of us to draw our own conclusions.

Our association, created more than 20 years ago, is active in prevention. It has taken on the Herculean task of helping to curb the personal, familial and social problems associated with drug use by distributing educational materials in the form of booklets and DVDs designed by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, by running information stands and giving conferences, either directly or through the website. The excellent reception given by the public to the volunteers proves that there is a real lack of information.

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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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