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MECHELEN – Take off today in Mechelen the Flanders Anti-Drug Tour 2009 to give a vehement double NO to drugs and crime, and celebrating the 26 June United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The team composed of young bikers will cover 230 kms, going through the cities of Antwerpen, Zelzate, Gent, Eeklo, Nieuwpoort, Ieper to end one week later in Kortrijk, to support existing drug prevention initiatives and to raise the awareness of the authorities and of the population on the drug dangers.
This Tour is organized by the Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) in partnership with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC - Vienna), with the support of Toyota Dijle-Haacht and Palm3.Events.
In releasing the World Drug Report 2009 in Washington D.C. on June 24, the Executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, underlined the need for more drug prevention. The World Report 2009 shows encouraging signs of improvement, with the $50 billion global cocaine market shrinking.
However, over the last two months two young Belgian, 19 and 20, died from overdose of a mixture of methadone, heroine and tranquilizers, while earlier this month, Belgian and Dutch authorities have dismantled a drug trafficking representing a business of €40 millions.
Faced by the death and desperation caused by drug abuse and trafficking, a serious drug primary prevention campaign is imperative, says the representative of FDFE Dr. Christian Mirre, former Fellow of the CNRS, the French National Centre for Scientific Research. Youth need a factual education on the drug consumption dangers to live a sane and safe life. That is why our Truth about Drug booklet series is more and more in demand by authorities and organizations around the world.
The problem can only be solved by addressing the problem of slums and dereliction in our cities, through renewal of infrastructures and investment in people – especially by assisting the youth, who are vulnerable to drugs and crime, with education, jobs and sports, said Mr. Antonio Maria Costa at the release of the World Drug Report 2009.
And this is what this Tour is about. In every city touched by the tour, FDFE will promote its worldwide-celebrated educational tools :
The Truth About Drugs booklets - giving facts on the ten most used drugs. These booklets are broadly delivered to youth, parents, teachers and general public to fill the vacuum of misinformation and insufficient awareness of the health risks involved with drug usage. More than 21 million copies of the booklets have been distributed worldwide.
The Truth About Drugs Public Service Announcements, 16 video-clips, available on DVD, showing the impinging reality of what drugs are and the results of their usage.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) established in 2004, and based in Brussels, is a NGO partner of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and is also a member of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs of the European Commission.
Tel : +32 (0)2 280 4049 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Website : www.fdfe.org