The Drug Prevention
Network of the Americas/Red Interamericana para la Prevencion de las Drogas
(DPNA/RIPRED) was created to fulfill the recommendation for regional cooperation
among NGOs at the World Forum on Drug Demand Reduction sponsored by the United
Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, December 1994.
DPNA is a network of concerned
citizens, organizations and professionals engaged in prevention of alcohol and
other drug abuse. Our statement of purpose is:
- As concerned professionals, we have joined together to promote drug
prevention activities that are directed at the use and abuse of all
psychoactive substances. We recognize the essential cultural differences
among our constituent nations, but affirm our basic and unchanging devotion
to the health and well being of all peoples of the Americas.
- We work to facilitate information sharing and professional exchange,
to participate in joint projects and to engage all professionals in
the Americas who are doing this vital work.
a coalition of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) with expertise in
drug demand reduction who have joined together to support demand reduction
principles and to foster communication and cooperation among NGOs who
are working to stem illicit drug use in the Americas and around the
drug demand reduction as the best, most direct and most cost effective
approach to solving the drug problem. The network promotes the exchange
of current scientific information about drugs among people of diverse
backgrounds, languages and cultures. It furthers national and international
anti-drug policy goals, spreads good will among the nations in our hemisphere,
and fosters citizen involvement and community cooperation to address
the drug problem at the local level.
a catalyst and sponsor for conferences and initiatives focusing on drug
prevention education, the establishment of drug prevention networks
and community anti-drug coalitions, and the promotion of positive, healthy,
drug-free norms and attitudes in society.
as standard-bearer against drug legalization and believes that, along
with anti-drug laws, policies, and media messages, that national and
international drug prevention networks and strong community drug prevention
coalitions are the answer to changing public attitudes and thwarting
efforts to make harmful, illicit drugs legal and available.
a "support system" of hope and encouragement for those involved
in this challenging work. It underscores the reality that the drug
problem is a universal one which threatens all our communities and puts
all our children at risk and which requires shared responsibility and
cooperation to successfully reduce the demand for drugs in our communities
and around the world.
- To promote
a healthy lifestyle-free of drugs.
- To advocate
no use of illegal drugs and no abuse of legal drugs, including alcohol,
tobacco, and solvents.
Therefore, in order to enhance
cooperation and exchange of information and expertise in this area and
to facilitate and formulate cost effective programs
we have resolved to adopt this constitution of our network.