“The available research shows that despite the best preventive programs, a certain percentage of people will find themselves suffering from addiction at some point in their life. These are mostly people afflicted with mental or other illnesses, or the condition stems from pathological social conditions. This situation must not be criminalized. The solution is to control the availability of less-risky compounds with various effects that will prevent people from turning to harder alternatives.”
Mgr. JINDŘICH VOBOŘIL, Pg.Dip., is a leading Czech authority on drug use as reflected in his more than 20 years of experience leading and developing health programs and social services. He also held the post of Czech National Anti-Drug Coordinator and director of the anti-drug policy department and the secretariat of the Government Council for the Coordination of Anti-Drug Policy (RVKPP).
Anti-drug policy is a complex coordinated set of societal measures focused on legal and illegal addictive substances and pathological gambling. These measures used include prevention, education, treatment, regulations, controls, and other aspects including legal activities. The end goal is to reduce the social, medical, and other risks and damages that addictive substances and gambling present to individuals and for society as a whole.
The Institut politiky závislostí (Institute for Addiction Policies – IPZ) think tank is a multi-disciplinary association of independent and reputable experts that studies the question of addiction from all sides (public and individual health, legislation and other legal effects, security matters, economics and market modelling, tax issues, effects on the state budget, education and prevention, and social, sociological, and political questions.