Conference: Civil Society’s Response to the Drugs Epidemic,
November 18, 2006
November 4th 2006
European civil initiative against the spread of illicit
drugs, is organizing an international conference in the
Netherlands on Saturday 18th November.
Society’s Response to the Drugs Epidemic” (A Drug Free
Alternative) will be held in the van der Valk Hotel Volendam
(just 15k from the heart of Amsterdam )
A number of
excellent international speakers from different disciplines
– amongst them parents of drug users, treatment and
prevention specialists – will deal with these themes.
Policy makers, among them politicians and police will
themes this conference will deal with are:
How parents may teach their children to resist the
temptation of drugs.
What is the best practice in treating drug users.
How can the family protect themselves from a drug using
How are politicians, police and justice dealing with these
to the latest UN figures an estimated 200 million people or
5% of the global population age 15-64 have used illicit
drugs in the last 12 months.
the UK are at the top of the list for cocaine and cannabis
use. Cocaine and heroin use is spiraling in the Netherlands
. Violent crime is on the increase. Drug gangs moving to
Spain and the Netherlands to avoid imprisonment.
to this trend the European Commission has sought
collaboration with civil society to reduce the demand for
drugs and to find positive initiatives.
responded by forming a new Drugs Policy Group chaired by Mr
Anders Ulstein from Norway who will address the
conference. We will provide tested initiatives for
defending our youth from the ravages of drug addiction and
best practice in treatment.
people are our most important asset. Article 33 of the UN
Convention on Children states that” we should protect all
children from the use of and involvement with narcotic
drugs” according to Grainne Kenny .
Volendam Mrs. Kenny ( Ireland )President of EURAD “called
on the closure of coffee shops, head shops and other outlets
that entice young people to buy and use mind altering
drugs. These outlets, she said are “violations of United
Nations Treaties on Narcotics and the Rights of Children”.
manual “Cannabis – a cause for concern? Will be presented to
Mrs Ciska Joldersma MP from the Dutch Parliament. It
contains a summary of research into all aspects of the
harmfulness of this banned substance. It has been compiled
by Mrs Mary Brett UK a Biologist and former Head of Health
Education in a leading UK Grammar school.
If you are
interested in being informed about these themes, then you
should not miss this unique event. Early booking is
conference will be chaired by Mr Hein Schaaij a founding
member and hon. President EURAD.
International President EURAD
www.eurad.net for conference details and programme
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Woman of Europe Award –
Médaille de Maire de Strasbourg – Médaille de Maire de
Paris – Swedish Parent Award- Dublin Lord Mayor’s Award –
EURAD Award - Drug Watch International (USA) Board Member.
EURAD’s Affiliates: USA ,
Brazil , Africa, Middle East , New Zealand , Australia .
Memberships: PREVnet; WANGO:
CONGO (Consultative Status at UN); Consultative Status
Council of Europe; Strasbourg . NGO Committee on Narcotic
Drugs at UN Office; Vienna ; -: Reg. No. Stichting EURAD
41155759, Chamber of Commerce; the Hague ; the Netherlands