ROTARY WILL FOCUS ITS ACTIONS ON DIMINISHING THE DEMAND FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS.
Thinking about prevention and education
Your club participates to actions of prevention in your town, region or community. Thereforehandles and guidelines for a drug or alcohol policy that exists on the federal, Flemish, provincial and local level are used. Of course also the suggestions made by the
District Commission for the prevention of drug abuse, appealing to the services and specialists of drug prevention and abuse, will also be incorporated. It will however always be necessary to form and formulate your own opinion on drugs and drug abuse. Teachers in the classroom will by not be in a position to cover the subject of drug risks and effects without a pupil asking “and what do you think about it yourself? “ This is also the case for the local responsible Rotarian or the members of the sub-commission drug prevention.
The use of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes has been extremely moralized in our society. This is absolutely necessary, since without debating on drinks, drugs, values an norms, there would no longer be a social control. But this also leads to alcoholics and other drug addicts being marginalized.
During social discussions, you try as a responsible member of the community to fightingmarginalising. In 1988 drug prevention pioneers launched the slogan “Drugs, talk about it!”This has nothing to do with approving the usage of drugs. It enables discussions on drug abuse and prepares the way to incorporate social control on drug abuse in the community. The fight against drug abuse requires a calm and open tone combined with efficacious steps.
The discussion on drugs (including tobacco, alcohol and medication) also covers rules. This causes the discussions to be difficult as discussions have to be as open as possible and rules have only a meaning when they are strict. This dualism is unavoidable. If parents do not imply rules and do not discuss drugs with their children, the reason often is because they want to avoid this duality. As a leader in the community, you frequently are a role model for many parents, whereby you are capable to enter an open debate on drugs and at the same time propose strict control measures.
Drugs are means with a psychoactive effect. They reach your brains via your blood and influence your mind. With illegal drugs that influence is often very strong and uncontrolled.But besides this, there is no essential difference between illegal and legal drugs such as tobacco, alcohol and many medicines. As a Rotary Club you can organize a campaign on one category of drugs in order to draw extra attention on f.e. cannabis, heavy beers or XTC. However, prevention policies should preferably cover all categories. History shows that policy measures focussing on one specific kind of drugs only, results in the user changing from one drug to another.