Substance abuse is the overindulgence in and dependence of a drug or other chemical leading to effects that are detrimental to the individual's physical and mental health, or the welfare of others
• Misuse of drugs
• Solvent abuse
Why the situation occurs?
Very often people misuse substances because they wish to escape from their everyday lives. They believe that they have more enjoyable experiences because of the substances.
Other reasons why people try out substances may be:
• Pressure from friends
• Stress or depression
• Wanting to try new things
• Being addicted to the drug
How you can make a difference:
Tackle the issue – learn what goes on in your community and how these issues are tackled. Educate each other about the risks and try to educate those who may be at risk. Explore ways of supporting those who may need help and what circumstances in life may lead to substance abuse.
Use the materials and tools provided to follow the process of:
1. Identify the problem
2. Develop Awareness and empathy
3. Take action
4. Measure the change
Resources and links:
The World Health Organisation's website contains information on how to manage substance abuse (English, French and Spanish): http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/en/
Information on this subject is available on the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) website: http://www.unicef.org
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime:
World Scout Conference Resolution 16/93 on Substance Use and Abus. Conference resolutions ( click here).