Support Don’t Punish 2019 – Lebanese Law of Drugs
The support don’t punish activity for this year took place on the field mostly, were outreach workers addressed the whole community in multiple areas, delivered flyers containing information related to the Lebanese law of drugs (n°673-16/03/1998) where mentioned that any person who uses drugs has the right to ask for a treatment as a choice instead of being incarcerated, under certain regulations.
This flyer not only contained the legal material, but also information on how the referral to the addiction committee starts, and the benefits of seeking such referral in order to have a clean criminal record once all the steps are finished.
The outreach team targeted 3 different areas (Klayaat, Jounieh and Kaslik), all in new areas where we know that there’s a need to be spreading awareness messages related to drugs among youth. The team targeted public places, where youth usually gather.
Many showed a big interest in the SDP activity.
We delivered 750 flyers in total (250/visit), meaning 750 persons were reached in these activities.
Plus, we are also sending the same flyer along with medical and social reports to the court whenever we have a beneficiary in trouble with the law; as a reminder for the judge that he can always make a choice to send the beneficiary to treatment instead of incarcerating them.
We also prepared posters that will be put in municipalities and police stations, but such steps take time to be approved.
The outreach workers took the pictures themselves during the visits, we didn’t need to have a photographer with us, and therefore we added the number of visits on the field.
We believe that these activities made a very big impact, because we had positive feedbacks mostly, and a lot of youth volunteered and felt so engaged in giving support to people who use drugs.
We will keep sending new photos once the posters are approved in the municipalities and police station.
Our team from the Harm Reduction and addiction Center Escale coordinated a series of exciting #SupportDontPunish activities targeted 3 different areas in Lebanon (Klayaat, Jounieh and Kaslik), where there’s a need to spread awareness messages related to drugs among youth. The team targeted public places, where youth usually gather.
Our team from the Harm Reduction and addiction Center Escale has coordinated a series of exciting #SupportDontPunish activities targeting 3 different areas of Lebanon (Klayaat, Jounieh and Kaslik), where drug awareness messages need to be disseminated among young people. The team targeted public places where youth usually gather.