Make Mothers Matter - Mouvement Mondial des Mères International
Enfance Sans Drogue is a member of the World Movement of Mothers
The International Narcotics Control Board
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is the independent and quasi-judicial control organ monitoring the implementation of the United Nations drug control conventions. Their annual reports are very interesting.
A withdrawal center through complete abstinence - Cenacle community
Young men or women addicted to drugs who wish to enter are required to attend some preliminary meetings, during which they are made aware of the reality and the style of life of the Community, and where we verify their desire to change. This time is also spent in having the family take part in the action and in preparing the young person to enter the Community. After a few meetings, the young person is invited to spend some days in one of our Fraternities, and if he so desires, he is welcomed into the Community. There is no entry fee; each family freely contributes according to its capacity. We do not take in persons with psychological problems (schizophrenia, or serious mental disturbances): our experience during these years has taught us that we are not able to provide them the constant special medical aid that they need.
Center for withdrawal through total abstinence: San Patrigano
For more than 30 years San Patrignano has been a community which welcomes young men and women with drug problems, without ideological, social or religious discrimination. It is entirely free, no contribution is asked for from their families or the State.
Since 1978 the community has given refuge for over 20,000 people by providing them with lodgement, health and judicial aid, the chance to study, a solid professional training, the possibility to change their lives and a way to be part of society.
The proven results show a success rate of 73%.
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.
The 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.
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!
Drugs are not a disease. The best way to stop them is not to take any. Heroin addicts who achieved withdraw admit that complete abstinence is the only solution. They say it themselves : it is more difficult to withdraw from Subutex (substitution drugs) than from heroin…
AEROSOLS Nitrous oxide and other pressurized gases such as those contained in whipped cream canisters or computer anti-dust sprays also have hallucinogenic effects. In a few seconds they produce excitement, dizziness, euphoria, loss of consciousness and affect the central nervous system through lack of oxygen. Moreover they are inhaled under pressure and can provoke lung frostbite and vocal chords injuries, (eg. immediately after taking this drug the voice becomes lower.)
POPPERS Volatile nitrites have similar effects to nitrous oxide. Moreover they can provoke panic attacks, heart palpitations and headaches. They are also responsible for deaths by anoxia. They are vasodilators frequently used to relax sphincter muscles. They are carcinogenic and provoke serious immune deficiencies – such as AIDS.
STAIN REMOVER Stain removers are derived from ethylene. They are hallucinogenic but their effect is more calming, unlike poppers and aerosols, which are more stimulating. They cause damage that is neurological (deafness, tremor) and intellectual (dementia).
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