Member Activity

The United Nations 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is taking place in Vienna this week. One of the highlights is the launching of a new drug policy platform, ‘Drug Policy Futures’, supported by over 50 NGO’s including a number in Australia. Drug Free Australia was proud to be part of this network.

Drug Policy Futures is a new coalition representing over 50 organizations from more than 21 countries and 5 continents. In addition, there are regional and global partners that represent a large number of organizations across the world.

Drug use is a risk factor for a wide range of negative outcomes including mental and other illnesses, school dropout and academic failure, road accidents, unemployment, low life-satisfaction and relationship problems. Drug use and other social and health problems are intertwined so that drug use is associated with and commonly exacerbates other problems.

Drug Policy Futures bases its advocacy on 7 key principles and a 10 point declaration, founded on evidence based strategies to promote public health, safety and the wellbeing of society, including those addicted to drugs and their families.

"This is a very important initiative and it is heartening to see so many like-minded groups come together to promote drug-free environments and recovery based treatment options," said Jo Baxter, Executive Officer of Drug Free Australia.

"Drug use not only affects the drug user, but sadly has serious consequences for families, relationships and community as a whole. It impacts all regions of the world, and threatens the right to healthy futures of the young and future generations " Ms Baxter added.

"Drug use is particularly harmful to youth since use normally begins in adolescence and can have profound negative impact on the developing brain. This is recognised at the highest decision making levels in the United Nations and was very ably expressed today by Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Drug Control. He said in a meeting with NGO’s, that the legalization and normalization of marijuana creates grave concerns for drug policy since it is a gateway drug and because there is much scientific evidence of its harms to the developing brain, " said Ms Baxter.

There will be opportunities for collaborative efforts with Drug Policy Futures as we work to support the international drug treaties and the Convention of the Rights of the Child in the coming months. For more information on Drug Policy Futures go to: www.drugpolicyfutures.org



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The clamour for medical cannabis goes back a long way and has much more to do with self-interest than any empathy with people who are ill. It is emotional blackmail and unfortunately too many people are being hoodwinked.
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Open Letter to President Barack Obama from George Ochieng Odalo of the Slum Child Foundation (SCF).

NARCONON NIGERIA PUBLIC LECTURE TO COMMUNITY YOUTH @ ORILE - AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT T, AGEGE - LAGOS ON TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY, 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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NN Nigeria 005 – ED, NARCONON NIGERIA DISPLAYING A PICTORIAL DIAGRAM OF A DRUG ADDICTED FELLOW DURING LECTURE.

2013 NARCONON® DRUG ED EVENT FORM
  1. NARCONON NIGERIA
  1. MR. AYEDUN TAIWO
  1. TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY, 2014.
  1. THE LOCATION IS ORILE – AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AGEGE - LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA.
  1. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE PICTORIAL DIAGRAM SKETCH.
  1. PHOTOGRAPHY TAKEN DURING THE PROGRAMME AND AFTER THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY PROGRAMME.
NAPYI was invited by batch A Corp members serving in 13 brigade army barracks Calabar Nigeria, to give a talk on the effects of harmful alcohol consumption.                                                                                                                                                                       


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The mission of the Institute for Behavior and Health (IBH) is to identify and promote effective new strategies to reduce the demand for illegal drugs. Non-partisan and non-political, IBH serves as a catalyst for change by encouraging action by government agencies, non-profits, research institutions and grassroots community groups. Established in 1978, IBH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to reduce illegal drug use with the power of good ideas supported by effective policies and programs. The five IBH priorities include: Reduce Drugged Driving, Prevent Teen Drug Use, Improve Treatment, Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, and Lead International Drug Policy. IBH works to create a balanced, more effective and more affordable drug policy, one that reduces illegal drug use, improves productivity, reduces crime and reduces incarceration. The IBH websites include:www.IBHinc.org, www.StopDruggedDriving.org,www.PreventTeenDrugUse.org, and www.PreventionNotPunishment.org.

Presently IBH is conducting research projects to identify strategies to improve outcomes of addiction treatment. IBH regularly develops publications including commentaries, editorials and journal articles on current drug policy issues. In 2013, IBH released the groundbreaking report America’s Dropout Crisis: The Unrecognized Connection to Adolescent Substance Use . IBH also works closely with other organizations on drug policy issues. IBH President Robert L. DuPont, M.D. helped chair the two American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Writing Committees that developed The Role of the Physician in “Medical” Marijuana and State-Level Proposals to Legalize Marijuana .


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Project called Support Center for Family Members with Addiction Problems on July 1st of 2013. This project represents the part of broader project (Social Welfare Child Care System Reform - Enhancing Social Inclusion IPA 2010) implemented by the UNDP Office in Montenegro in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. This project is funded by the EU Delegation to Montenegro. Our project is intended for families with addiction problems, including addicted people themselves as well as any family member suffering from drug abuse consequences. Our focus through this project is on children whose parents are drug abusers.

Also, we applied and received funds for the implementation of the project Alternative, supported by East-West Management Institute, under its Criminal Justice Civil Society Program (CJCSP), funded by U.S. Department of State/INL.The objective of this project is to train property crime inspectors to enhance their communication skills based on Motivational Interviewing method when they are faced with addicts who have committed a crime. If the inspector, at the time of arrest, take advantage of the moment, and motivate the drug addicted person to recognize and accept the treatment, we believe that this will have a significant impact on reducing the number of problems related to addiction, including the problem of the Justice System who deals with the same offender several times for the same or a similar crime.

We also launched the service of based-on-experience and professional counseling, individual and group sessions for drug/alcohol addicted, as well as support services for family members, including co-dependent persons.

Best regards from NGO PREPOROD (eng. Rebirth)

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