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Hepatitis is a global epidemic but little is known of its symptoms, prevention, complication and the great dangers it pose to this generation and the unborn generations. Government and other development partners have always taken matters like this unserious thereby fueling viral hepatitis which is on the increase.

This year WHD is a very important period for our government and other actors to play their own part most especially with the theme of 2014 “Hepatitis, Think Again” which is calling on the various stakeholders to play a very important role to see that viral hepatitis is controlled. Read the full report.



Beacon Youth Initiative
At Preporod today, after 8 years of supporting and helping addicts and their families, we are satisfied with what we have achieved and see many of our aims realised. We see revived the lives of many young people who have turned to us, and entire families revived. Over this time, addicts from all over Montenegro have turned to Preporod for help. Ever since it was established, the number of people turning to Preporod for help has been constantly growing which, on one hand is gratifying, given that we are in a position to help a larger number of addicts, but on the other hand it points to a problem which is a worldwide trend, and that is that the scale of the problem of drugs is constantly growing, especially among young people. These days we have the opportunity to also concentrate on the accomplishments of the last few years. From June 2013 to June 2014 Preporod has been an address where help, support and advice have been sought by 118 individuals, whether addicts or members of their families. We are noticing that the services most used during this period by our clients are motivational interviews for acceptance of long-term residential treatment (33.8%), free telephone line (16.1%), as well as counselling for parents of active addicts (15.3%). The percentage of males making use of our services (66.1%) is higher than for women (33.9%). It is also gratifying that, after the process of motivation, we have directed more than half (52%) of those used our motivational interview services to long-term residential treatment in communes all over Europe. Also, 3.4% of the total number contacted Preporod in order to use our counselling service for addicts who have the blood-transmitted infections HCV/HIV, 6.4% for the possibility of psychotherapy, and 4.2% for help for resocialisation. We are of the opinion that, with our earlier introduction of the first free SOS telephone line in Montenegro for addicts and their families, we have significantly increased the possibility of them contacting our organisation, and thereby, increasing the accessibility of the services that we offer, which is testified to by the fact that the line was called almost 90 times during the mentioned time period.

Cooperation with rehabilitation centres and communes in the country, the wider region and even further afield is still operating at a high level. Thanks to the projects we have realised in the last year, we have widened our cooperation even to state institutions. We believe that this approach does much to broaden awareness about the seriousness of this problem, and also to create the possibility to act together and more holistically. We believe that our organisation has been able to act in the best possible way in each individual case, or at least the best way that we have known. We will continue to search for the best solutions and method so as to best effect a reduction in the total number of addicts, and to bring our influence to bear on our society becoming a healthier place. Membership of European and worldwide umbrella institutes and partnerships with organisations from all continents are making our mission much easier.

Finally, we consider that it is important for us to be conscientious and aware, and to that end, every one of us should act, without prejudice, with clear understanding that our approach is never neutral, but that our inactivity can lead to a produženja stanja onakvog kakvim ono ne treba biti. We shoud be aware that the problem of an individual, for example a single drug addict, is a problem for the whole family, and eventually the whole of society. The problem of addiction has become an obvious problem that we should turn our attention to. For those affected by this illness, help and attention are neecessary, not only today while everyone is talking about it, but rather every day.

Thank you to all who have in any way helped our fight prevail and helped Preporod to be in the position it is.

In cooperation with Foundation for a Drug Free World, GRANAT conducted its pilot Train the Trainers on April 15 – 17 this year at the mountain resort of Lembang, West Java.

On the first day, BNN (National Narcotics Board) West Java provincial chapter conducted classes on regulations (anti drugs law), discussion on rehabilitation for drug users as victim, as well as updates on statistical record of drug abuse and trafficking.

The Truth About Drugs were delivered by the FDFW team which enlightened everyone’s mind, including those of BNN Officials.

The training gets serious attention from the authorities as evidenced by the present of BNN Chairman.

All attendees got certificate of attendance which allows them to deliver the same training to the community. Further, at the end of the course, everyone signed off the pledge declaring their “obligation” to provide counselling on the harmful effect of drug abuse to community.

More similar trainings to be done in other provinces across the country, aimed at reducing drug demands in Indonesia.

GRANAT welcome all members of WFAD to participate or support the program. Kindly contact Tony Parbudi on email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it













UGANDA ALCOHOL POLICY ALLIANCE (UAPA). Media Presentation by Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance (UAPA) on the occasion to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking. World Drug Campaign theme is: Drug use disorders are preventable and treatable. Venue: Ibamba Restaurant, Kamwokya Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014.

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Uganda Youth Development Link

World Federation Against Drugs Release in response to The Report of the West African Commission on Drugs urging West African Countries to Decriminalize/Legalize Drugs

A Report titled, “Not Just in transit Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa” prepared by a group of ex-public servants and some Civil Society activists under the auspices of the West African Commission on Drugs (WACD) has been brought to the notice of the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD).

After perusing the said Report, WFAD wishes to highlight the following facts pertinent to the Report with a view towards putting the intention and objectives of its sponsors and originators in proper perspective.

  1. WACD was established in 2013, soon after some of its principal financiers, the Kofi Annan Foundation and the Open Society Institute had declared their support for the global decriminalization/legalization of drugs. WACD appears to have been set up to champion the quest by its financiers for decriminalization/legalization of drugs. The purported assemblage of ‘experts from across the continents’ to prepare The Report, a Report for which WACD was set up for, clearly has not been above board.
  2. The entirety of The Report is spiced and garnished with carefully selected data and statistics from territories, foreign and distant from the West African sub-region, with little, if any, socio-cultural and geo-political similarities to the sub-region. As such, the relevance of such data and statistics as foundations for a fundamental reversal in drug policies is highly doubtful.
  3. The Report, whilst recognizing the importance of treatment and rehabilitation services and facilities in addressing the drug scourge plaguing any territory, and as a component aspect of the decriminalization/legalization of drugs, fails to acknowledge the near total absence of such services and facilities in the West African sub-region. Any attempts to dabble into decriminalization/legalization of drugs in the absence of well-structured and efficient treatment and rehabilitation programs will certainly spell doom for the sub-region.

    The call for decriminalization/legalization of drugs, as contained in The Report, is in direct conflict with the provisions of various international protocols and conventions on narcotics/drugs. West African States, which are all State parties to these international conventions would, be in breach of their commitments as responsible members of the international community if they were to heed the request for decriminalization/legalization of drugs being championed by WACD.

  4. By not factoring in any measures to protect the millions of children (who constitute well over 50% of the population of West African countries) from the harmful and debilitating effects of drugs, the gist of the Report by WACD encourages non- compliance with Article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in addition to running afoul of the provisions of a multiplicity of international conventions on narcotics and psychotropic substances. Article 33 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides: “ States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislative, administrative, social and educational measures, to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as defined in the relevant international treaties, and to prevent the use of children in the illicit production and trafficking of such substances”.
  5. A natural progression from the postulations contained in The Report that decriminalization/legalization of drugs would reduce the ‘enormous’ burden the war on drugs has placed on the sub-regions Criminal Justice System, particularly in terms of the number of persons incarcerated for drug-related offences, would be to also assert that the decriminalization/legalization of theft/stealing would be to any society’s best interest as it will lead to a decongestion of prisons – obviously not a very sound proposition.
  6. As one of the cardinal arguments for decriminalization/legalization of drugs, The Report places repeated emphasis on the impact of ‘Drug Trafficking’ as a factor that greatly undermines already weak States and a tool for political instability across the West African sub-region – lavishly citing the example of Guinea-Bissau. This argument is at the very least tenuous, but most likely, deliberately mischievous.
  7. Pervasive large-scale corruption, endemic in the West African sub-region, which has served to weaken State institutions and ensure continuing widespread poverty and maladministration in the sub-region, rendering the countries in the sub-region increasingly incapable of meeting the needs of their populations, is the bane of West Africa. Would a solution to the scourge of large-scale corruption be, as suggested by The Report with regards to the scourge of drug abuse, be to decriminalize/legalize large-scale corruption?
  8. 9. The weak public health infrastructure of the West African sub-region is presently, totally overwhelmed by the high prevalence of infectious and communicable diseases, grapples with Malaria, Cholera, poor maternal and infant mortality rates and certainly would do well without the added burden of an explosion of drug abuse- related ailments that would ensue following the decriminalization/legalization of drugs.
  9. 10. A trite and constant fact in addressing the problems of drug abuse in any jurisdiction is that preventive education and public enlightenment programs about the consequences of substance abuse are several times more cost effective than interdiction, treatment and rehabilitation strategies as tools for tackling the drug problem. WFAD is extremely worried, that despite the weak state of the economies of all West African countries (most of which rank amongst the 20 poorest countries in

    the world by World Bank figures), there is a near total discountenance and non- mention of Prevention as a tool for addressing the drug problem in the Report produced by WACD.


In the light of the foregoing, WFAD finds it extremely difficult to associate any altruistic motives concerning the quest for drug decriminalization/legalization being advanced by The Report released by WACD. 

WFAD would thus enjoin all the States in the West African sub-region to discount and decline the efforts at decriminalization/legalization of drugs.




Eze Eluchie
,President, African Center for Health Law and Development, Nigeria, Board
Member of WFAD



Rogers Kasirye
,Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link, Uganda, Board
Member of WFAD

George Ochieng Odalo, 28 years old, social worker from Kenya and the founder of Slum Child Foundation.

As a street child in the slums of Nairobi George met the same reality that he meets today and felt the same feelings.

- I became a street child when my father died. But I survived; someone saw my potential and introduced me to a person who paid for my schooling.

In 2008 George founded the Slum Child Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with street children in Nairobi.

- I want to fight for other children, says George Odalo who is at the World Forum to learn. Among the children I work with, one out of three uses drugs and a lot of people has died from illicit drugs in my home country.

What has been the most interesting at the Forum?

- The lecture with the American judge about Drug Treatment Court in the US is one of the best lectures I have been to. When I come home I want to engage the President and our Supreme Court and the chairperson of the Board for Control and Substance Abuse. I want to investigate if we can implement the system in Kenya. The Kenyan society needs to be more respondent towards people who use drugs. Today they are afraid of the police, but if we can have a system that can provide treatment if they are arrested we can step by step create a society where people feel safe.

What does this event in Stockholm mean to you?

- The Forum makes a big difference, especially around the issue of marijuana which is a big problem back home.

How is the situation around illicit drugs in your home country?

- Cannabis is the biggest problem. We Africans like to imitate western countries and now there are for example cookies with marijuana, just like in the West. The influence of the Rastafarian culture increases and it leads to more abuse of cannabis. The corruption is widespread and several high officials and prominent persons are involved in the trafficking of drugs.

A lot of young Kenyans have president Obama as a role model and George often hears “you say that cannabis is bad but Obama wants to legalize it. He is our role model, he comes from our country and we follow in his footsteps. He says it is good, who are you to say that it is bad?”

Is the drug issue prioritized in Kenya?

- No, the government of the country tries to discharge the issue. The government needs to do something but they are not willing to take the fight. If the government would prioritize the issue more our organization could do a lot more.

What do you think about the legalization wave around the world?

- The long term effects of legalization will be difficult. With the challenges that Africa faces, like for example poverty, legalization can hit the continent harder than even malaria and hiv have done. In the Western countries you have treatment possibilities, but in Africa poverty is the biggest problem and it is not possible to prioritize treatment. Food for the day is the most important for many people.

What do you say to the youth you meet in order to get them to stop with cannabis?

- I tell them that those who take drugs end up in the mental institution, is shot by the police, quit school, stop having dreams. That is the life I describe for them. They have to stay away from drugs if they want to have a good life. Follow in my footsteps and it will be ok. If you take drugs you will not live any longer, you days are numbered and it ends up with you dying, says George.



Pernilla Rönnlid, Drugnews

Interview made At the World Forum Against Drugs by Drugnews, the original text can be found here: http://drugnews.nu/2014/05/20/george-jag-var-sjalv-ett-gatubarn
Translated by Linda Nilsson, WFAD

 



Rima Saade Turk, 48 years, Secretary General at Nusroto Assiciations, drug and rehabilitation center, Cenacle Centre of the Son of Man, Lebanon

Why are you here?

I am here because my organization is member of the World Federation Against Drugs and because I am nominated to be the representative of Asia in the board of WFAD. I want to share experiences with other grass-root organizations and I want to increase our knowledge on drugs and treatment.

What has been the most interesting at the Forum?

The judges from Belgium, the US and Jamaica who talked about Drug Treatment Courts. We don’t have Drug Treatment Courts in Lebanon. The addicts there often end up in crowded jails where the situation is terrible.

How is the drug situation in Lebanon?

It is poor. There are many who use drugs and a lot of trafficking of drugs. Drugs are everywhere – on the streets, night clubs, in schools and university. Right now we have a lot of refugees from Syria and many of them are addicted.
Heroin, Cocaine and Captagon tablets are usual, the problem is increasing. The use of illicit drugs increased from 2005 to 2013 with 47 per cent. Lebanon needs a strategic plan to fight drugs, we need alternatives and capacity - we have nothing. All the grass-root organizations, especially ours, have a difficult task.

What do you think about legalization of cannabis?

I hope that they realize the danger with cannabis. The drug is killing the capacity of our youth. I am so happy because I see that everybody here at the Forum is against legalization of cannabis. Together we can take a powerful stand against legalization.

What is your best argument against cannabis?

Cannabis kills the IQ of our youth.



Anton Resare, 18 years, works at a bowling arena in Strängnäs, Sweden
 

Why are you here at the Forum?

I am a member of Smart Youth and I heard that volunteers were needed here. We help visitors and delegates and we give out diplomas to the speakers.

How is the drug situation in Strängnäs?

I don’t think there is that big problem, relatively. Sure I have friends who have tried and a lot of teens drink alcohol. But never me – I have never smoked tobacco or drinken alcohol, my mother is a nurse and my big role model. I don’t want to destroy my body.

What is your best argument against cannabis?

We don’t need another legal drug to add to alcohol and tobacco. There are a lot of myths around it, for example that cannabis is a medicine. Cannabis is not safe, it damages the whole body. I want to enjoy life to the fullest.



Faustin Onyango, 27 years, Mapambano Centre for Children Rights, Mkurangi, Tanzania

What is the most interesting with the Forum?

To meet participants from all over the world, to be able to share experience and knowledge. It is the first time I am outside of the African continent, exciting!

How is the drug situation in Tanzania?

We have a growing drug problem unfortunately, almost every family have at least one member with an addiction. Alcohol is the most common, we have a lot of locally produced beverages that can be toxic and are sold cheap. Among the illicit drugs cannabis is the most common, but we also have problem with cocaine and heroin. My organization works with preventative interventions and information towards youth and parents.

Is legalization discussed in your country?

No, most of the people are totally against drugs. But there is a lack of equipment for the police and customs to stop the trafficking via our airports and harbors. Khat and cannabis is grown in the corn fields illegally. We are concerned. Marijuana is not good, especially for vulnerable youth and the risk for psychic damage is big.



Mariana Hede, 40 years and Ammie Karlsson Pye, 55 years, Coordinates of drug and alcohol prevention in Västerås, Sweden 

Why are you here?

Mariana : To get more and enhanced knowledge about the drug situation in both Sweden and in the world and to hear what kind of prevention actually works.

Ammi : We want to listen to those who actually done the studies about cannabis, like Madeline Meier, and not only hear it second hand.

What has been the most interesting?

Mariana : Professor Bertha Madras was great. She underlined the role of parents. We are right now working with a program to support parents.

Ammi : To hear about the Dunedin study (one of the studies that show that you get a lower IQ from cannabis) makes it easier for us to go out and talk about this. We have better knowledge after this lecture.

Do you think the Forum will make a difference?

Mariane : Yes, even if we work in different ways and to some extent also with different things we have the same goal. I fell the global atmosphere when people from the all over the world work for the same aim. It is super cool!

Ammi : We just heard a presentation about Malawi. It is good that they bring attention to a small country who tries to change even though they don’t have any money to work with the issue. One person in the audience came up to them after and started to suggest different projects. Then I got the confirmation that the conference is important from a global viewpoint. It is exciting to be part of that.

What do you think about the wave of legalization that moves around the world?

Mariana : It is horrible and we must work actively against it. Yesterday we heard a Dutch speaker talking about the consequences of a more liberal policy.

Ammi : The Colorado experience is not positive either; yesterday we heard that the traffic accidents have increased. The trial in England where they allowed cannabis for personal use was stopped after two years. There are many examples that legalizing another drug is not good.

What is your best argument against cannabis?

Mariana : That it lowers your IQ and it is enough that you use cannabis before pregnancy for it to influence your future child.

Ammi : The IQ argument is good both to youth and professionals. It seems like an argument that reaches out.



Maria Fava, Malta, Mayor, represents 68 municipalities 

What does World Forum means for you?

I think it is important to find out what other countries do to lessen the problem with drugs around the world, how they work with prevention. Here we can exchange information and get ideas that maybe can be implemented in Malta. World Forum Against Drugs is a very important forum for us who are engaged in this issue.

How is the drug situation on Malta?

Ecstasy is very common on Malta; it might have to do with the wide spread night club tradition. The most common drug besides form alcohol is cannabis. The trafficking of drugs has increased and the demand has increased. The authorities do a pretty good job to keep the smugglers and profiteers away, recently the police took down a couple of big networks.

What is your best argument around cannabis?

Legalization is not going to solve any problems; the black market will be there anyway. In the end it is always criminals who make money, they are one step ahead. But we can work more to reduce the use of drugs, we must involve parents more and invest more on education of youth already in an early age.



Eva Skärstrand, Public Health Agency of Sweden 

What is the most interesting here in your opinion?

The most interesting here is, in my opinion, that many different speakers in an excellent way succeeded to capture my attention. They came from different parts of the world and talked for example around treatment.

How is the drug situation at home?

The drug situation in Stockholm is under control in my opinion. We have a small decrease of the use of cannabis in general. But a small increase among young boys between 16 to 20 years. Drug issues are given priority in Stockholm, and a lot is about how much resources are provided in order to keep the use down.

What do you think about the legalization debate?

I don’t like the international legalization debate around cannabis since I take part of reports that clearly show how dangerous cannabis is for a growing brain. There is no reason to legalize another drug; we already have tobacco and alcohol.



Maj-Inger Klingvall, 68, Stockholm Sweden, former minister and ambassador, today chairperson of WOCAD
 

What at the Forum is most interesting for you?

The most interesting here is the amount of people from a lot of prominent organizations from basically the whole world. To get the possibility to participate in the discussions and listen to the speakers has been very productive. The Forum is an important arena against drugs.

What is your opinion about the drug situation?

The increase of the New Psychoactive Substances among young people is the scariest; the use of cannabis among young people is also worrisome.

And your comments about the legalization debate?

There has been a special focus on the wave of legalization that is spreading around the world. I became very upset and angry when I heard about the strong economic power that lies behind the demand for legalization. For them it is all about the money. It is our responsibility to provide facts and information and educate the youth about these issues.


 

Pernilla Rönnlid
Sven Liljesson
Bruce Clark

The interviews are translations from Drugnews article, the original in Swedish can be found here: http://drugnews.nu/2014/05/20/roster-vimlet-pa-world-forum/
Translation made by Linda Nilsson, WFAD

Our most important task is to give support and guidance to the ones close to the drug-user. We need to highlight their codependency and work from that angle. Often the relatives think that they help the drug-user, but they usually do it in the wrong way. We want to present alternative ways with the common goal to make the relatives feel better and the drug-user to get adequate help.


Anhöra Mot Droger, AMD (Relatives Against Drugs)

The Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) created in 2004 is a branch of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and is working with more than hundred Say No To Drugs (SNTD) organizations through 22 European countries.

                                                                                                    

The common objective of the SNTD associations is a preventive information of youngsters and adults on the drugs dangers. The purpose is to empower them with the facts to make an informed choice to never start drugs in the first place. After Czech Republic and France, FDFE is here after presenting the drug prevention activities in two other European countries:

In Belgium, the headquarter of the Say No to Drugs (SNTD) association is located in Brussels, well known as the core of Europe. The SNTD team is covering the whole country doing weekly distributions of The Truth About Drugs in streets and/or to any kind of shops and getting the owners to give them to their clients.

They are also using the Summer Festivals with booths to enlighten the attendees as well as going to beaches to inform the population and the youth on the drugs dangers and how they affect the user.

In addition, many requests are coming from teachers or instructors, to receive the Education Package. It contains a full semester drug education curriculum for use in schools and the community to deliver lessons based on drug information and prevention.

This way, the past year they distributed more than 72 000 booklets The Truth About Drugs informing on the short and long term effects of the 11 drugs the most abused, plus 12 000 fliers referring to the website www.ditesnonaladrogue.be, where the people can download booklets, DVDs and find testimonies. Altogether 63 events were held including the Festivals and different Conferences.

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In Portugal , the Say No To Drugs (SNTD) association is located in Lisbon and operates from there through the country.

Beside the streets distribution of the basic booklet The Truth About Drugs to citizens and shopkeepers, the SNTD team is active at school levels doing lectures to children, using the multimedia educational materials provided by the Foundation for a drug-Free World.

Last year they did 13 lectures in different schools of the city including a special lecture to police officers, thus reaching 715 people.

Meanwhile, 5300 booklets were handed to public empowering young people and adults to make their own decisions to live drug-free. The cornerstone of the action is a series of 13 fact-filled booklets that, without scare tactics, inform about drugs effects.

In addition, in the city of Madeira, the Regional Secretariat for Education and Human Resources aware of the importance of drug prevention to dispel myths on drugs harmlessness inserted in their website the SNTD Portugal anti-drug campaign.


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