The UNODC Civil Society Unit (CSU) together with the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) hosted a webinar on the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention. The webinar included opening remarks from Mirella Dummar-Frahi from the CSU UNODC and Jamie Bridge from the VNGOC, a presentation by UNODC expert Giovanna Campello on the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention and two civil society panellist. It showed the amazing efforts that have been made in this regard.
Diana Vincent Joseph Director, Fourth Wave Foundation and WFAD Board Member was invited as Civil Society representative and shared information on the prevention approach managing the increasing problem of transactional crime, substance abuse, and narcotics trade among children during COVID-19 since education moved online. Concerns were expressed due to the explosion of misinformation, targeted marketing, and increased access to drugs and narcotics as a result of the unexpected crisis.
Diana Vincent Joseph elaborated Fourth Wave Foundation’s Project VENDA efforts on its prevention approach to effectively contain and manage the increasing problem of substance abuse among teens and school children. She showed the shocking data, collected in February 2021, reflecting an increase of this problem has seen an increase of 24%, compared to 10-12% before the pandemic.Read her full presentation here, get access to her PowerPoint presentation here