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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.

 

IT IS URGENT THAT YOU EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT DRUGS

 

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.

 


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Educate your children

Quiz

Is an occasional joint dangerous ?

  • Yes
  • No

oui

A joint is made out of pure cannabis or grass; or hashish mixed with tobacco.
Alcohol is a general term, which covers a wide variety of products:
wine, cider, beer, port, cognac, whisky, vodka are types of alcohol with various rates of alcoholic content ranging from 5 to 90 ° (active principles)
Cannabis works the same way: but when we talk about a joint of grass or hashish, there are more than 100 varieties and its T.H.C. rate (active principles) –ranges from 4% to 35% - goes unnoted.alcools aux taux variés de 5 à 90 degrés ( principes actifs)

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

  • Yes
  • No

oui

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.

Are our physicians concerned by drug addiction ?

  • Yes
  • No

oui

Physicians are the first witnesses of drug addiction (See: News or Did you know sections)

Is anyone who takes drugs a drug-addict ?

  • Yes
  • No

non

A drug-addict is someone who takes drugs in order to solve problems created by taking drugs. S/he thinks that s/he can stop taking them whenever s/he wants, however, in spite of the harmful consequences caused by consuming drugs, s/he cannot. If the drug-addict experiences withdrawal symptoms he will think only about providing himself with drugs even if it means acting against his morals. The demand is so strong that anything linked with will, effort, love or morals gradually disappears completely. Lies, violence, aggressiveness, moral or physical suffering, self-harm, being afraid to take part in everyday life become the norm. Because of these evil acts, the drug-addict looses his/her self-esteem and goes deeper into loneliness and suicidal urges.

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

  • Yes
  • No

non

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!