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.