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:
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:
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, 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.


As the global campaign for education hits the world in a bid to see “a world at school” by 2015, the Associate Coordinator for Africa Program of Global Fund for Children Miss Pamela Pratt is in Sierra Leone to interface with organisations like FDID to see how they can collaborate to assist vulnerable street involved children and youths... Click here to read the full report (PDF).

Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development
Nusroto Al – Anachid Association is mostly known for its annual activities concerning the human services and the fight against drug addiction in all the Lebanese prisons and especially in his center “cenacle of the Son of Man” (Drug Rehab Center). The team and the volunteers are conducting their work in many districts : Mount Lebanon, Beirut and the Bekaa. They all hardly work to improve the prison conditions and to provide the best health condition especially for drug addicts in prisons and in our rehab center. Click here to read the full report.

prison celebration
Celebrating christams with prisoners

Nusroto Association - Prison
Nusroto Association - Prison Fellowship celebrating mother's day in women prison in zahle

Nusroto Al-Anashid

According to Consolidated Nations Role on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) emblematical in Pakistan Cesar Guedes and Sharing Escritoire Narcotics Hold Partitioning Mian Zulqarnain Ameer released a examination titled "Have Use in Pakistan 2014". According to the info, people in Pakistan aged between 15 to 64 geezerhood use drugs in antithetic forms. The statistics of this informing ask that 6% or 6.7 Million adults in Pakistan had old drugs in 2014. 25 to 39 age age has the maximal frequence. About 4.5 Million fill are totally subordinate on drugs. The treatment opportunities to these fill surrender tract due to the absence of specialists. Only 30,000 ingest users every year can be treated with prevailing specialists. 80% men and 20% women union together to state 6.7 Million drug addicts in Pakistan. Women were little promising to jazz been activated struck state where a person of the accumulation lives on inferior than 1.25 dollars per day and financial obstruction makes it nigh undoable for every medicate freak to get discourse.

Hemp is the most misused take in Pakistan having 3.6% users or 4 Million grouping. Opium and Opiate ranks back and it is used by near 1% of medicate addicts. Opiate and Opium are mainly utilised in the areas that have borders joint with Afghanistan as the dwell is pedagogue poppy cultivating country.

Most people living in poverty-stricken areas of the country got addicted to drugs because some of their elders had been addicts throughout their lives. “Most people get the habit by watching their elders while growing up.

Nowadays even A-class (without any impurity) drugs were easily available in low-income areas. Market had no role in determining the use of drug in the country. “There is an extensive supply of drugs such as opium and hashish in the country.

Bashiran Munshi Foundation Drug Abuse information would soon be set up as part of a campaign against drug use. We are sending you some picture from our city people use drugs.


Tahir Aslam
General Secretary
Bashiran Munshi foundation(BMF)
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Tel: 0092+300+6339963

Juma Wala Village , the part of South Punjab Pakistan — In this villages not far from the Multan District , the wheat harvest is only days away. Water buffaloes are resting in the shade. Farmers are preparing their fields. And drug addicts Alcohol like are crouched in the shadows, injecting themselves with cocktails of synthetic drugs.

Last Thursday, just after 11 a.m., Mr. Shabir followed another man into a dark corner of a decrepit building favored by the roughly 50 addicts in this village. Cracked prescription bottles littered the ground. The other man jabbed a syringe into his arm and injected a blend of prescription drugs that delivers a six-hour high.

“Save some for me,” said Mr. Shabir, who is drug addicts and stricken with tuberculosis. He told a photographer: “Shoot my picture. Make me famous.”

In south Punjab, whether in villages or cities, drugs have become a scourge. Opium is prevalent, refined as heroin or other illegal substances. Schoolboys sometimes eat small black balls of opium paste, with tea, before classes. Synthetic drugs are popular among those too poor to afford heroin.

The scale of the problem, if impossible to quantify precisely, is undeniably immense and worrisome. Pakistan has one of the world’s youngest populations, a factor that is expected to power future economic growth, yet Punjab is already a reminder of the demographic risks of a glut of young people. An overwhelming majority of addicts are between the ages of 15 and 35, according to one study, with many of them unemployed and frustrated by unmet expectations.

For the Punjab government, the problem is hardly unknown. Private drug treatment centers, some run by quacks, have proliferated across the state, and treatment wards in government hospitals have seen a surge in patients.

Bashiran Munshi Foundation, surveyed 500 drug addicts in rural and urban areas of Punjab and found that they were usually young, poor and unemployed. Most villages did not have health clinics but did have three or four drugstores, which often made sizable profits selling pills and other synthetic drugs to addicts who cannot afford heroin.

Mr. Javiad who are member of BMF said he had completed his study six years ago, at the request of Punjab’s governor, yet had never been contacted by any state official about the findings. “The state is not conceiving it as a social problem,” he said. “They are conceiving it as a personal problem.”

Opium has a long history in Punjab, and was commonly and legally consumed here before Pakistan gained independence in 1947. Today, Punjab is a primary gateway for opiates smuggled into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

The problem is prevalent in middle-class enclaves, where some users are hooked on heroin. One impoverished neighborhood of KPK, called Maqboolpura, is known as the Village of Widows — because so many young men have died of drug abuse and some of died use expired alcohol.

“Drugs are available everywhere,” said Ashraf Ali, who has spent 13 years running a school for poor children affected by drug abuse. Of the school’s 656 students, roughly 70 percent have lost a parent to drugs. One girl, a fifth grader, lost five uncles and her father to drug-related deaths.

In Punjab Villages and Urban Area, about a two-hour drive from Multan, a local nongovernmental organization tries to prevent the spread of drug addicts person. The group’s workers say there are 48 hard-core addicts in the village (out of more than 2,000 people) but that many other people use drugs. Government officials have sponsored “camps” here, with health officials providing antidrug information or trying to persuade addicts to undergo treatment — neither of which, villagers say, has been successful.

“Everybody knows about it,” said Mr Shah, a local shopkeeper. “But nobody does anything to stop it.”

Mr. Shabir, who is drug addicts, lives at his parents’ home with his younger brother and his sister. He started using drugs at age 15, and then quit school. He worked for several years pulling a rickshaw, got married and had a daughter. Later, his wife gave premature birth to twin sons, who died. Unable to abide her husband’s drug use, his wife left him and their daughter

“He steals things from the house,” said , his sister. “Sometimes, he steals money.”

Mr. Shabir, now 29, said he had tried many times to quit using drugs, but the urge was too strong. Because of his tuberculosis, he said, he is careful not to get to close to his daughter. “I play with her from a distance,” he said. “I try not to hug her, so that she doesn’t get infected.”

He added: “My future is finished. I am basically dead now.”

Report from

Tahir Aslam/ General Sectary

Bashiran Munshi Foundation


Candle light manifestation

At a national level we have participated in organizing and at the same time encouraged our local branches to participate in the Candle light manifestation to remember the victims of drug abuse. The ceremony takes place 1st of November every year. It includes a two hours seminar on an up-to-date drug policy issue. Lit candles representing each victim of narcotic drugs in Sweden during the last year.

Speech by a Minister or any other prominent person.
Short speeches by participating organizations.
Handing out flyers.

Political actions are demanded and relatives to the victims are allowed a place for understanding and reflection.


The study circle material “Narkokoll” , originally meant for group studies, has been used in several groups around Sweden, but we have also at a national gathering educated members in basic and enhanced knowledge on drugs.

Narkokoll has also been introduced for distance education during the year. 20 persons participated in that training.

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