Youth Hands in Hands Project Report

Illicit drug use and trafficking are worldwide phenomena that threaten health and social stability. Statistics show that around one in three young Europeans has tried an illicit drug and at least one of our citizens dies every hour from a drug overdose. At the same time, ever-changing patterns in supply and demand call for constant monitoring and dynamic responses.

Substance abuse as a social phenomenon is all the more worrisome because of its prevalence among youth. Over the last two decades or so, countries all over the world have seen an alarming rise in the incidence of substance abuse amongst the most productive and crucial section of their populations. If substance abuse is to be tackled, then it stands to reason that the people who should lead this effort must be youth themselves, since they know their own needs better than anyone else. In order to empower concerned young people who want to do something about drug abuse, the Beyoğlu District National Education Directorate, in collaboration with other partner organisations from all over the Europe, started the process of putting together different approaches and snapshots of countries which are involvede in this project. The specific objectives of the project is to prepare snapshots of the European drug and substance reports based on the latest available information from EU monitoring activities. This report provides the substance abuse problem in different countries at a  glance, their national drug strategy and coordination, drug use, prevention, harm reduction and treatment activities in different countries based on European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) statistics.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. The EMCDDA exists to provide  the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a   solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. Today it offers policymakers the data they need for drawing up informed drug laws and strategies. It also helps professionals and practitioners working in the field pinpoint best practice and new areas of research.

This project has been prepared thanks to the contribution by youth workers and young people who are involved in this project. This project ‘Youth Hands in Hands for Combating Drug and Substance Abuse’ is financed by Turkish National Agency under Erasmus+ Programme.

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