We found our Dites Non à la Drogue* (Say No to Drugs) France teams very active across the country during these Summer holidays.
From the beaches to the mountains, from the cities to the small villages, handing out or setting up a booth, in groups, family or alone, they were distributing their booklets The Truth About Drugs.
They doing mini briefings, answering questions, visiting every kind of shops from pharmacies to restaurants, bakeries to greengrocers, on markets or on streets…whatever the weather, sun, rain, wind.
Over a period of one month (mid-July to mid-August) Anne, Aaron, Catherine, Chantal, Christian, Christine, Christophe, Clementine, Dominique, Elisabeth, Ethan, Fazia, Françoise, Fred, Isabelle, Jean, Jean-François, Jeremy, Kevin, Laura, Laurence, Margot, Marine, Maureen, Maurice, Mona, Monique, Nadine, Noemie, Olivier, Pascal, Patrick, Regine, Richard, Robert, Rose-May, Ryan, Sarah, Serge, Theo, Thibaud, Thibault, Vainui, Valerie, Victor, and…some more, were on the ground.
These ways no less than 18 700 booklets and fliers informing on the dangers of drug use with more than 800 shops visited by the volunteers always welcomed for their drug prevention information actions in: Angers, Arcachon, Avignon (during the 77th edition of the Festival), Besse, Bouffemont, Chambon-sur-Lac, Clermont-Ferrand (during the France Biking Tour), Combourg, Deuil-la-Barre, Dieppe, Dol-de-Bretagne, Domont, Eaubonne, Gujan, Lanvallon, La Bourboule, La Teste, Lyon, Marseille, Mimizan, Mont-Dore, Murol, Orcival, Paris (during a Concert in Stade de France), Quessoy, Rennes, St-Jean-de- Luz, St-Nectaire, South West Alliance, Superbesse, Tremusson,…
Many contacts were established with people, parents, educators, policemen, nurses, and too many sad stories gotten such as a young artist fighting to get out of the cocaine, a mother whose son, drug addict, was threatening her with a gun.
And a nice testimony from another mother: “Thank you for these little booklets because we suffered with an addicted dad and, after reading these booklets, my son understood things and about the bad addiction that causes people to drift. Congratulations to you for this approach. You help young people to open their eyes before falling into this ruthless world. THANK YOU”
But the drug prevention campaign in France continues throughout the year with volunteers determined to put an end to this scourge!
Find out more about the harming effects of drugs on: https://www.nonaladrogue.fr/ (in 20 languages)
(*)Dites non à la drogue France is a non-benefit association. Any help is welcomed.
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