Tackling Drug Abuse in Plymouth on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Top Quote Showing support for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Drug- Free World South West distribute 1700 drug education booklets in the area of Plymouth and encourage public to sign a drug free pledge. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 28, 2015 - The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking takes place annually on 26 June and was created by the United Nations General Assembly to help create a society free of illegal drugs and drug abuse. Each year a different theme is set and the theme for 2015 was: Lets Develop - Our Lives - Our Communities - Our Identities - Without Drugs. With the aim of forwarding this message the volunteers handed out "Truth about Drugs" educational booklets and DVDs to public in the central areas of Plymouth.

    Recent reports suggest that the issues of drug use and addiction are a cause for concern in the South West. According to the local policing priorities for Plymouth the issues of drug use, supply and related litter is a priority for local residents. Plymouth is currently battling to overcome the problems associated with legal highs which according to the Home Office are drugs which mimic, or are claimed to mimic, the effects of illegal drugs. Recently two legal high shops in the city centre were ordered, under new anti-social behaviour legislation, to close and Police are continuing to work to reduce the effects of legal and illegal highs.

    "Plymouth is faced with drug abuse problems similar to other areas of the UK and we want to help address these issues by getting the information out there to as many people as possible. Feedback from this event confirms that public have major concerns about legal highs and illegal highs and the event could not have come at a better time", says Igor Voronov Drug-Free World South West Volunteer.

    The Drug- Free World programme is sponsored by the Church of Scientology and aims to educate about the dangerous side effects of commonly mis-used drugs. One important aspect of the campaign is getting information about the dangerous side effects of drugs to as many people as possible. In addition to this the Foundation for a Drug-Free World provides free educator kits to people and groups working in education and drug rehabilitation (see: www.drugfreeworld .org.uk).

    For more information, please contact:
    info ( @ ) drugfreeworld dot org dot uk

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