“Developing countries must introduce effective laws” – The New Indian Express | Wbactive

Through Express Message Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Developing countries must put in place effective laws and policy frameworks for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse among adolescents and children, said Chantelle Pepper, Chair of the Western Cape (WC) Substance Abuse Forum-South Africa. She was speaking here on Thursday at the International Forum on Children Matter – The Right to a Drug-Free Childhood.

Chantelle Pepper, Chair, Western Cape
(WC) Substance Abuse Forum-
South Africa, at the International
Forum held in Thiruvananthapuram
on Thursday

“In addition to engaging diverse stakeholders, a multisectoral approach by delivering programs in a safe environment is key,” Pepper said in her presentation, “Policy Implementation: Advocating for a community-based multidisciplinary approach and Evidence-based Prevention Interventions for Children.” ‘Youth and women.’

The three-day conference is organized by the Fourth Wave Foundation (FWF) in partnership with UNODC and the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD). Citing the prevention model in South Africa, Pepper said the collective efforts of government agencies, the central drug agency, civil society, local drug action committees and the private sector have contributed significantly to the local civil society institutions, thereby ensuring multi-tiered policy interventions.

Ashwin Mahesh, Advisory Board, FWF-India, speaking about a “community-led approach to drug demand reduction”, said the number of problem solvers with skills and expertise needed to be increased dramatically. It is important to continue to validate and build this capacity.

Emily Hennessy, Associate Director of Biostatistics, Recovery Research Institute-US, on “Child Rehabilitation and Social Cohesion – Reducing Stigma and Gender Perspective,” said although access to treatment is necessary to reduce stigma associated with substance abuse , requiring acute clinical intervention is not enough in most countries.

Scott Hendersson, executive director of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC)-US, speaking in a video conference on “Recognizing Signs of a Child May Be Drug-Endangered for Teachers and Law Enforcement,” said drug-prone children are at risk of suffering physically or emotional harm from drug use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, or distribution.

Hendersson added that DEC is a community-based mission and its vision is to ensure the health and safety of children, families and communities free from the negative effects of substance abuse and use.

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