Member Activity

Some weeks ago SLAN and its members formed together in FMD (Folkrörelser mot Droger/Peoples Movements Against Drugs) organized a one week event in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. The week, called "Political Week", in Almedalen assembles thousands of organizations and companies around one speech every evening given by the political party leaders in Sweden - a tradition since late 60’s.

Our event was composed of different themes each day and we invited experts, political party members, MP’s, and gathered more than 2.200 individuals during the week.


Swedish Council on Alcohol and Drugs
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Materials from 1st International Congress on Drugs & Dependencies: Recovery is Possible, held in May 2013, in Lisbon/Odivelas, Portugal                                                                                                        

Paper by Manuel Pinto Coelho: In search of a better policy
Summary Of Congress

Congress photo

From the left: Wolfgang Goetz (EMCDDA), Raymond Yans (INCB), Kevin Sabet (SAM project) and Antonio Maria Costa (Former UNODC Director)

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A Synthesized Workshop Report for stakeholders on Article 33 of the UN CRC In Kampala Uganda; Nairobi Kenya and Dar es Salaam Tanzania (20th to 23rd May 2013).                                                                                                                                               

Workshop chair: Mr. Rogers Kasirye, UYDEL
Workshop Presenters: Mr. Mutaawe Rogers; Ms. Anna Nabulya and Ms. Linda Nilsson

Click here to read this material (PDF).


Above: A group photo of participants of the Ugandan workshop
The Drug Advisory Council of Australia is working with other similar groups to convince politicians and others that harm minimization policies are not working.                                                                                               

Australia is a target for illicit drugs because of our high demand. 

There are voices that want to legalize drugs which we are opposing.

We keep community leaders up to date with the latest illicit drug information
and the need for Australia to have world best practice drug policies that reduce

We are working to close the only drug injecting centre in Australia in Kings
Cross in Sydney and we are publicizing the latest medical research against
cannabis and other illicit drugs.

Drug Advisory Council of Australia
In occasion of the International Day Against Drugs, the We Free Network arranged several events at different locations worldwide.

We also participated in other institutional events in New York and in Vienna at the UN Buildings, but also in Brussels at an EU conference.

The programme can be found here.

The We Free Network is a San Patrignano prevention project which gathers many different international youth associations that work in this field.

Here it is the video that puts together all the photos that have arrived from all over the world to WeFree team on the 26th of June in occasion of 26th World Day against Drugs and Illicit trafficking. WeFree, the prevention project by San Patrignano, has mobilized all his international network , including Canada, Uganda, UK, Portugal, Italy, United States, Austria, Germany, Belgium and Colombia. This video wants also to thank everybody who joined at these initiatives, and to say loud and clear, NO to Drugs!

MMM (Mithuru Mithuro Movement) is working hard on our mission of organizing the next AFTC meeting in Sri Lanka. We are greatly honored and so proud to have this chance to our country. The meeting will be carrying a brand new theme this time making a real change: Enriching T.C :- Keeping What Works Best - a real time phrase which compress it all. Another fabulous event we are planning at the moment is to have our Life time Achievement Award Ceremony in the same day. It will be a very valuable event which will express a clear and thoughtful message to the society.

The AFTC meeting will be in the end of October and we are hoping that it will be a great success to the peak. Talking about the other branches of the mother center Mithuru MithuroSenehasaNivahanaNidahasa and Nisansala are rehabilitating a vast number of young people at the moment and it is in a great success.

All the currently cycled programs are running in a spiritual path that truly touches the curious young mind. In Additionally we have started meditational programs which gives us tremendously pleasing compliments from everyone. Buddhist philosophy is our key subject in every successful step we keep ahead.


Mithuru Mithuro Movement
This is a transcript of Rogers Kasirye's lecture during the webinar last Wednesday. Rogers Kasirye is a Board Member of WFAD, representing Africa. He is also Executive Director of Uganda Youth Development Link.                                

Good afternoon ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for accepting to listen to my presentation and to WFD who enabled this to happen.

The East African region : Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi – members of the East African Community (EAC) southern Sudan. All these countries are low income resource. Most of the population ns over 60 percent young characterized with high levels of poverty.

Illicit drugs use:

Illicit drug use has been increasing in East African region.

This region now is source, consumer, suppliers and transit route especially from Middle East countries of Asia to Africa and Europe. High level consumption has been noticed, mainly using cannabis, hard drugs like heroin and cocaine have also been reported. Thus, youth face many risks arising out drug use including HIV/AIDS; its on set may imply many challenges associated with drug use. East Africa has the highest numbers of HIV/AIDS infections in the world according WHO.

Population affected young people are majorly affected .

We see new cases of IV drug use, pockets using hard drugs, schools related violence. High risk populations include slums and street children, unemployed youth in slums major (Kibera Mathere as well as in Mombasa in Kenya, Dar es salaam Tanzania , sex workers, students, rural forks who are employed.

What do we see being applied to prevent illicit drugs use?

First of all interventions are varied dependent on resources, knowledge of interventions, most are project based and may not based on sound or evidence based principles.

· Most prevention efforts rely / depend on schools to reach young people and sometimes of their families as yet most young people are out of schools.

· Parent’s intervention a just emerging like the recently launched material Smart parents on Which recognize that the family environment plays an important role in shaping young peoples attitude towards drug abuse? And increasing a range of protective and risk factors.

· NGOs and Faith based organization do the bulk of prevention work in the communities especially in urban centre true there is a proliferation of Community based organizations attempting to reach drug users. (Trying all sorts of interventions such as life skills, DARE, AA and many others, quite often non interactive and use classroom formats. Most programs are not shaped on the needs within he community and there is a lot of generalization. Most of these interventions have not been evaluated in the past we cannot tell the level of efficacy.

· Nature of experience and science varies, minimal impact is observed since standards of delivery appear a challenge.

· Regional distribution of prevention work varied both in international commitment and intervention distribution. Countries which have put in place laws such Kenya in 1994 and \Tanzania have well developed operational mechanism. But there is leaning towards law enforcement and seizure and lesser on treatment.

· Prevention is still weak, done at once with no follow ups, with fewer capacity buildings for staff. There is still too much focus on abstinence, less interaction and participation of beneficiaries and more classroom settings.

· Co- related issues presented by population affected by drugs such HIV/AIDS/risk / sex work, unemployed/homelessness.

· Children are still being sent in prisons because of use of drugs but receive no help. Where here is no help and rehabilitation.

Prevention which is child centered not user centered strategies

Why we are thinking more about prevention

1. Prevention is cheap- low

2. Targeting young children who are malleable until age 21years

3. Costs of treatment high and countries region cannot afford.

What works?

Prevention science has made a lot of progress and now we have a sense of some effective interventions thus in East Africa we should embrace some of these good innovations.

In prevention in East Africa we need to

· Raise awareness and increasing knowledge through communication and how this can be applied. Especially about protective factors especially the family support and school environments and reduce risks factors including poor decision making, peer pressure and others.

· Increase parental involvement as basis for prevention and target children when young. Parents need to know to respond when drug abuse is involved, how to communicate, and nature of parent life styles and help children take life health decisions and how to support them.

· Students and schools are confronted with illicit use of drugs therefore school based programs need to be designed to intervene early both in academic performance and social stress life inn varying degree depending on age and develop other competence skills such as communication , assertiveness, resistance skills anti drug characteristics. Youth themselves who are confronted by peers to try out these drugs; supply chain targeting young people. Young people who want to experiment drugs.

· Promote youth interactive programme in community aimed at the general populations who may not be reached in schools use of drama, sports; peer sessions, use of posters, group session which make teaching fun time.

· Counselling and developing skills, resistance, peer pressure, relapse to address all forms of drug abuse both legal and illicit drugs including solvents which are wide spread use Amount Street and slum youth.

· Lifestyles without drugs- Sports, music, clubs

Also note that in prevention

· Role of Media -Concern how media portrays drug use; has a strong influence and exposure can be dangerous, sometime shows picture which support use of drugs. (TV, Internet, print, radio and music) an in East Africa Use of drugs has been closely linked with Music, football and sports betting areas which attract young people. We have seen a proliferation of use of drugs. Viewing smoking can escalates drug abuse, so we have to talk the media and youth about negative influence which comes with media exposure.

· Youth work related interventions targeting specific behaviour which may trigger drug use such as and develop strategies that focus one youth economic empowerment to address poverty, high levels of unemployment vocational skills, cash transfer and saving culture. putting intor consideration the age, gender

· Staff training taking into consideration (issues of parent, standards, and effective

· Teachers who a need to be smart to address drug prevention in schools

· Multi disciplinary and use of all professional.

· Adapting Life skills models and other new innovations about universal drug prevention programs that have come on board to prevent drug use.

Way forward

· Parent and youth intervention work and these can contribute to prevention in their communities.

· We need to reach more schools with new interventions that can bring change.

· Adapt Use of latest phones latest technology (facebook, tweeter,

· Policy and legal reforms

· Professional trainings and human resources development and exposure to evidence based prevention programs and those that conform to standard.

· Address risk taking behaviour and design more social and economic empowerments for schools and youth who are out school

· Low resource

Thank you

Rogers Kasirye

I am so saddened by the emerging trend being put in place by drug cartels with the worse hit victims being children and youths especially from the slums. According to Kenyan local daily Newspaper, the Nairobian I have been able to note that drug barons especially in the field of marijuana have emerged with a new trick for their clients to abuse Bhang. The use of Bhang in Kenya according to Kenyan laws is illegal and anyone caught possessing or abusing faces severe penalties and if you are not rich you may end up dying in jail.

The most common mode of abusing bhang is through smoking, but the new method they have emerged with is using Bhang as one of the ingredients when baking cookies, brownies, muffins, chocolates or sweets. Not having the distinctive smell of the dug, makes it more difficult to tell the difference between the ordinary baked foods or confectionary and the illegal products.

According to the news paper they did they own investigations and come to know that the supply chain of these ‘weed food stuffs’ have sealed their channels of distribution and if you are not in the channel you cannot manage to buy them, a practical case was when they followed the channel and come to know the shop where the products are being sold with the help of one of the suppliers who never want his identity to be disclosed, they tried to buy but they were told the stock is out of order and asked to come the next day but they played and beat around the bush and at the end they did not manage to buy the stuff which goes for one dollar or even less than that. The only place they managed to buy one was at the local campus with the help of one of the buyers.

Their conclusion to settle on such kid of charges (prices) are based on their targeted clients who are the youths and children, it is believed that youths use these stuffs when they go for parties and outdoor activities. In these parties alcohol consumption is believed to be very low but consumption of baked stuffs is very high. The youths have been warned to be very careful on what they consume when they go out for parties or when they hang out with friends, the children too have not been spared by these warnings since they are part of the targeted chain consumers, but with the kids it is very hard to stop them not to take cookies, chocolates and sweets

Through the newspaper there is a new group that has also joined consumer chain; they are expatriates, politicians and church pastors. Pastors are believed to use them to give them energy when they stand on the pulpit to preach, what a shame for the Kenyan church leaders.

To add pain to the wound is that things that children like using such as lollipop and baobab seeds have not been spared, with the wider market being in the major slums, where they also sell them at a cheaper price for the children to afford and buy more without knowing the consequences that awaits them, all these have exposed that poor child from the slum to Bhang at a tender age, all these have left my mouth wide open asking myself where are we heading to.

As I conclude let me say my organization will not spare the rod and we too are going to embark on a mission to create more awareness to children and youths both in and out of school with the message of them being careful with what they take and if they come across a suspected supplier or suspect unusual behavior after consuming what they have bought from the streets they let us know and we are going to try and involve the authorities to see what to do and if they are going to be arrested and be released after they offer bribe as they are used to, we are going to mobilize the public to demonstrate against such unlawful behaviors to our kids, and with your support as you have been encouraging us to keep on and on, we know we will make it.

Complied by

George Ochieng
Slum Child Foundation

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