Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention
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Newsletter February 2018
In company of my wife Beatrijs and my three daughters.

News from the Board

Dear members,
I wish you all and your families a happy 2018.
If you want me to express a theme for 2018, it would be PEACE then it seems that the word is rejected in many parts of the world.
Working with the Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention gives us many opportunities to make contact with Rotary clubs looking for programs against drugs. As the best way to fight drugs is prevention, we can provide several possibilities to use these programs in your environment.
It is possible that, sooner or later, your Rotary club will be asked to give us information about the intention to make addiction prevention an activity of your club. When RAG AP has received your data, we will provide you the necessary information to choose the right program and to start up.
For the moment, our website will be updated soon, you find already a great number of programs used all over the world. Try the website:
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Yvan De Baerdemaecker
chair RAG AP
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9th Seminar Addiction Prevention Rotary D1620

District 1620 is a pioneer in addiction prevention for Rotary International. In a district where 45 % of the clubs are active in addiction prevention the district committee addiction prevention organizes yearly a training seminar for Rotarians to become well informed intermediaries between organizations in need for prevention and the professional organizations who can provide and implement the needed evidence based programs. The input of energy, time and money from the D1620 clubs that goes directly into concrete actions with schools and youth organizations is nearly the equivalent of the government input. 

documents and presentations in Dutch and French

Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) yearly meeting 61st session 12-16 March


In the Political Declaration and Plan of Action of 2009, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs recommended that the General Assembly hold a Special Session on the World Drug Problem.The CND led the preparations for the General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2016 and negotiated the outcome document. The Commission works on the follow-up to the UNGASS, implementing the recommendations made in the outcome document, on the way to the target date of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action in 2019. link to 61st session

Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention Addiction Prevention participates at the CND sessions to get in touch with colleague international NGO's, professional in addiction prevention to cooperate for the implementation of evidence based prevention programs.

Preparation Toronto: 23-27 June



The RAG Addiction Prevention will be present with 4 members to man the booth with nr. 115. Our members will inform you about all possible actions you and your club can organize to join our common actions for addiction prevention, internet and gaming included.

Breakout Session

The RAG Addiction Prevention organizes a breakout session (Tuesday 26 afternoon):


Addiction to legal pain killers results in over 100 deaths per day in the United States. The Rotarian Action Group (RAG) Addiction Prevention is working to increase the possibilities for clubs and districts to support addiction prevention in sustainable, long term ways. Meet with Rotarians who are interested in preventing addiction and learn what you can do to get your club and district involved. More information in house of friendship booth 115.

General Assemblee

At the occasion of the convention RAGAddiction Prevention organizes it's yearly general assemblee on Monday 25 June from 8.30-10.00 Room 809. Agenda follows. We meet and inform new members that registered during the conference.

Profits and pandemics:

prevention of harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink industries



The 2011 UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) called for multisectoral action including with the private sector and industry. However, through the sale and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink (unhealthy commodities), transnational corporations are major drivers of global epidemics of NCDs. What role then should these industries have in NCD prevention and control? We emphasise the rise in sales of these unhealthy commodities in low-income and middle-income countries, and consider the common strategies that the transnational corporations use to undermine NCD prevention and control. We assess the effectiveness of self-regulation, public–private partnerships, and public regulation models of interaction with these industries and conclude that unhealthy commodity industries should have no role in the formation of national or international NCD policy. Despite the common reliance on industry self-regulation and public–private partnerships, there is no evidence of their effectiveness or safety. Public regulation and market intervention are the only evidence-based mechanisms to prevent harm caused by the unhealthy commodity industries.

full article login The Lancet

Addiction prevention England

Rotary Club Bradford West

The Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initiative (BSDPI) started in 1994 and is a joint Initiative between Soroptimist International of Bradford, Rotary International of Bradford and West Yorkshire Police.
The aim of the Initiative is to motivate, reward and award schools which positively address the issues of drug, tobacco and alcohol misuse. The BSDPI Charter Award is extended to schools able to demonstrate an effective commitment to educating their pupils to a high level in drug prevention.

To whom this may concern
We have a group for addiction prevention in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. we have a successful and dynamic group called the Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initiative that has running now for over 20 years and I have been proud to be part of it since it started. It is a unique initiative that involves several different community groups including Rotary. 
The biggest issue we have is proving that someone ‘does not’ become addicted to something! The principle we have is that young people can make informed choices about what they should take or not. Young people must be able to distinguish between ‘good’ drugs and ‘harmful’ substances.
I hope the BSDPI website will provide a useful insight and above all the realisation that we in Rotary are already doing something about it and we want to share it you and the rest of the Rotary world.
Kind regards  
Robert J. Morphet
1040 District Governor 2017 – 2018 District 1040;
District Governor Blog;
Rotary Club of Bradford West

Global Grants Addiction Prevention

Addiction Training and prevention

The participation of most clubs is paid. The official account number is registered. As we lost some time opening the formal account, the planning will be reviewed on the next committee meeting.

Extra support is still possible, if you are interested to participate please have a look at the full application text and write us on mentioning GG 1748107.


Treatment and prevention Heroïn

We are working away at the grant!  We have sent ten schools to the Teen Institute.  The teams will develop a Plan of Action to address the opioid problem in their communities and schools.  This coming year we will send 5 more teams.  We are working with the Addiction Center of Broome County to furnish their new facility with furnishings and supplies, and are presently working with local sheriffs in placing drop boxes for unused medications thoughout the district.  And in March we will be doing a media campaign describing where those boxes can be found and where to go for help if a family member or friend shows symptoms of abuse.  So we are moving along.  Lana Rouff


Addiction Prevention Collaborative pilot

The project will educate both adult and youth community members on substance misuse and the brain chemistry of addiction, and work to lower rates of use and addiction by strengthening local level infrastructure to implement best practice addiction prevention measures. This will be accomplished by two forms of addiction prevention education programs (adult and youth) and by enhancing the addiction prevention supports and assets within participating communities. Perhaps most importantly, this grant will develop a blueprint for raising local community awareness of social/cultural norms that perpetuate drug use and the brain chemistry of addiction, as well as how best to take action to prevent substance misuse and addiction.

Interested to participate in this Grant contact Paul Sullivan, RAG AP Regio Coordinator N-America and Grant Primary Host contact

More treats in the USA


Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to West Virginia town with 2,900 people


                                             Oxycodone pills

Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee cited the massive shipments of hydrocodone and oxycodone — two powerful painkillers — to the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, amid the panel’s inquiry into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.

“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” said committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., in a joint statement.

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New RAND Study on Marijuana and Opioids V1 Feb 8, 2018 

Public health and safety science needs to take back the drug policy debate in this country and around the globe.  There is a real profit-driven commercial interest to expand and grow addiction-for-profit economy through a new government-protected THC industry - and it is to be followed by all other illicit drugs. The THC health science indicates rapid, aggressive market-growth will bring new levels of addiction and new problems to the addiction dilemma, that the US and other countries have no way to reverse.

"A study of over 34,000 individual marijuana users showed they were over 2 times more likely to abuse prescription opioids or initiate prescription opioid misuse."

Dr. Bertha Madras, Dr. Sion Harris, Dr. John Knight, Dr. Sharon - all of Harvard Medical School have been very clear that population-level use of high potency THC will bring "irreversible cognitive demise to our species".  This is why so many in public health are against legalization and working hard to navigate the public funding stream dilemma to get information to the public who are receiving way to much education through industry paid headlines they read.

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New Edventi film Opioid Epidemic in the US

 Discussion Group

The Rotarian action Group Addiction Prevention coordinates a Rotary International discussion group Addiction Prevention. You can join the group via , my rotary, exchange ideas, discussion group.
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