It is imperative to avoid taking drugs for the first time

Raymond Yans is President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent organization for the implementation of the United Nations drug conventions. He asks of those responsible, of teachers and of parents not to lower their guard in the face of the increasing trivialization of cannabis.

  • Because young people need to know the truth about drugs. They represent a considerable part of the drug market, of the medical aid, follow up and counseling
  • Because parents are the primary educations and specialists in their children (see Guy Gilbert quotation)
  • Because parents are motivated by love, they speak the truth
  • Because you cannot talk in a relevant, objective and scientific manner without knowing the subject
  • Because with confidence comes control, it is vital to discuss with your children in a relevant way in order to bring them solid arguments if needed
  • Because the information diffused amongst youth in schools does not always tell the truth
  • Because parents and adults who want to do good by young people are more numerous than drug dealers
  • Because drugs are everywhere
  • Because the misinformation about drugs, which is primary source of income globally along with arms and petrol, is distributed on a wide scale
  • Because just as we do not let a child drive a car without a licence, it is irresponsible to let your children go out without knowing the danger of drugs
  • Because when we are informed we can see the consequences of drug consumption, we can read between the lines of press articles, of radio and television broadcasts
  • Because learning from a website, during a training session, or an Enfance Sans Drogue seminar requires little time and provides a lot of knowledge
  • Because one informed person can inform 10 more in his social circle: friends and family, colleagues.




Every responsible adult should have a heartfelt desire to educate the young people around him so as to prevent them taking drugs for the first time.



Educate your children


Would you lend your car to your child knowing that he/she cannot drive ?

  • Yes
  • No


No parent would lend his car to his child knowing he/she has not learnt to drive. It would also be unconscionable to let one’s teenager go out without having taught him/her what drugs are. Nowadays availability of these products is such that youth can procure them in all the places they frequent – educational establishments, parties, class dinners, rallies, sport clubs... Parents must inform themselves objectively and scientifically about the products so to educate their children on drugs and provide them with the arguments to refuse them. Let us remember that drug addiction doesn’t just happen to others!

Is consumption of cannabis traceable in the body one week after consuming ?

  • Yes
  • No

ouiThe half-life of an active substance is the time required by a healthy body, with no previous drug use, to eliminate 50% of the absorbed substance. In the case of cannabis, the half-life is 96 hours or 4 days. This means that within 4 days the body has eliminated 50% of the initial dose. 4 days later, there will be 25% of the product left… Within 28 days, cannabis will be totally eliminated from the body of a person who has not consumed it regularly. Traces of decayed THC may be found in a regular consumer’s body up to 40 days after the last take. According to Dr Chamayou’s thesis, 18 months are needed to be completely cleared of cannabis.

Is current cannabis an average of 10 times more dosed than in 1968 ?

  • Yes
  • No


In 1968, it contained from 0,6 to 6% of THC – TetraHydroCannabinol - principal active substance. In recent years through genetic modifications, hybrids and greenhouse cultures, it can contain up to 35% of THC. Nowadays, cannabis consumed by teenagers does not have anything in common with what their parents knew. For more information about cannabis see “Technical Information” section.

Is alcohol a drug?

  • Yes
  • No


Yes, Alcohol is a sedative drug. In drinking regularly a large amount of alcohol, one becomes an alcoholic within a few years. Alcohol is characteristically able to potentialize the effect of all other drugs it is mixed with. If one mixes alcohol with another or others drugs, one can very rapidly become a drug-addict.

Does alcohol mixed with cannabis have harmful effects?

  • Yes
  • No


 When you consume alcohol and cannabis simultaneously, these products mutually increase their effects. The current practice is to use alcohol and cannabis at the same time. Many young people nowadays use this common method to try to get “stoned”.