BEIRUT: A booklet entitled “The Dangers of Drugs” was launched Thursday by the French Embassy in cooperation with the Internal Security Forces, the Ministries of Education and Culture, and with additional support from the Beirut Dreams Lions Club.
French Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli delivered a speech on the harm of drugs to a crowd at the Grande Lycée Franco-Libanais in Ashrafieh that included fellow ambassadors, ISF officers, and students. In the speech Paoli listed a number of statistics related to drug use.
The small booklet aims at raising awareness and preventing children from using drugs by listing a series of true or false statements in French and Arabic. Aside from more hardcore drugs like heroin and cocaine, the booklet also addresses other vices which can affect the youth’s health like alcohol and shisha smoking.
One statement says, “Heroin, cocaine, cannabis, and ecstasy are drugs but tobacco and alcohol are not. True or False?”
Turning the page reveals big red letters with a white outline that says “FALSE: All these substances are drugs.” The page then gives the World Health Organization’s definition of what is considered a drug.
The booklet, made by the Projet Policier Formateur Anti-Drogues (PFAD), was financed by the state of France.
Drug prevention in Lebanon typically falls under the Ministry of Social Affairs National Program for the Prevention of Addiction, however the program struggles for funding considering the ministry also is responsible for refugees, the poor, and disabled people.