Drug-Free World Brings the Truth About Drugs to the 2016 Euro Games

Drug-Free World volunteers picked up stacks of drug education booklets to hand out at the Euro 2016 games

Volunteers from the Foundation for a Drug-Free World reached 300,000 with effective drug education at the UEFA football games.

​The Foundation for a Drug-Free World coordinated the efforts of  a coalition of drug prevention activists in France, who spent the better part of the last month bringing the truth about drugs to hundreds of thousands of football fans and local residents during the Euro2016 football championships.

From June 10 to July 10, volunteers carried out events in the 14 cities where the matches were held. Continuing through Bastille Day, July 14, they handed out a total of 300,000 copies of the acclaimed drug education booklets of The Truth About Drugs booklets.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), "For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in future health, social and crime costs."

EURO 2016 presented the perfect opportunity to take effective action to counter drug abuse in Europe. And based on statistics published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), drug prevention is vital for the people of these countries:

  • In France, lifetime prevalence rates for cannabis among people aged 15–64 increased from 22.5 percent in the year 2000 to 40.9 percent in 2014.
  • The use of cocaine, the second most widely used illicit drug in the country, has also increased steadily since 2000.
  • It is estimated that over 70,000 lives were lost to drug overdoses in Europe in the first decade of the 21st century. 
  • MDMA, or Ecstasy, is the stimulant drug of choice for young people in Europe. Some 2.1 million young adults (15–34 years) reported using MDMA in the last year.
  • New psychoactive substances (NPS) continue to wreak havoc, with the EMCDDA issuing 34 public health alerts to the Member States relating to the use of NPS since 2014.
  • The number, type and availability of NPS on the European market continue to grow, with over 560 NPS now monitored by the agency.
  • Synthetic cannabinoids, sold as “legal” replacements for cannabis, can be highly toxic, and mass poisonings have been reported.
  • Synthetic cathinones, sold as “legal” replacements for stimulants such as amphetamine, MDMA and cocaine, have been linked to almost 200 acute intoxications and over 100 deaths since 2011.

Published by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, The Truth About Drugs series of booklets present factual information about the most commonly abused drugs. Their hard-hitting approach helps the individual make a self-determined decisions to cease taking harmful drugs or to not experiment with them in the first place.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs. The Foundation addresses drug abuse by reaching young people with effective, fact-based drug education before ​they start experimenting with drugs. Tweens, Teens and young adults who know the facts about drugs are much less likely to start using them.

Source: Foundation for a Drug-Free World


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