On July 28th, 2018, the 6th Annual National Say No to Drugs Convention Germany took place in Hamburg, Germany. It was attended by representatives of the local Say No to Drugs teams of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Hanover as well as the team of the national Say No to Drugs – Say Yes to Life association.
During the convention, representatives of each team presented their local activities to educate about drugs and raise awareness in their respective areas and each team was officially commended for their extraordinary volunteer work.
Jürgen, President of the national Say No to Drugs association, gave an overview about the developments regarding incoming requests for drug prevention material across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which are trending upwards.
The summarizing presentation of Laura, the national campaign coordinator, gave an impression of how many lives have been touched throughout the years with our drug prevention campaign and how each single booklet handed out can change a child’s life.
Finally, each team worked out their drug prevention activities for next year keeping in mind that – despite the successes – still a lot needs to be done to save youth from ignorance about drugs.
The highlight of this year’s Convention was guest speaker Meghan, Executive Director of the Americas Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, who flew in personally from New York to award the national team with the Drug-Free Heroes Award for their continued dedication in creating a Drug-Free Germany.
The association Say No to Drugs – Say Yes to Life Germany celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
During this time, a lot more than 5 million drug prevention booklets were handed out to the public or sent to those contacting us and asking for drug prevention materials in order to help create awareness about the truth about drugs in Germany. They were provided with our free educational materials in a timely manner.