Treatment of young drug users
The platform adopted a series of recommendations and orientations to improve practice in this
domain. As a result, a publication entitled “Young People and Drugs: Care and Treatment” was made available in November 2006.
It is intended for all people who directly have to do with young people with problematic drug use, such as physicians (GPs), psychologists, pedagogues, addiction-care specialists and teachers and proposes ways for more effective treatment.
See the document
It advocates that treatment and support services
develop specific programmes that target 18 to 25 year
old, who are no longer considered children but have not
reached full adulthood. The availability of services
should not be organised along age-limits but rather
according to the developmental needs of the individual
To avoid long-term problematic drug use, with its negative social and health problems, the platform recalls that it is essential to target the young people who appear fully integrated and functional in society while consuming large quantities of drugs.
In general, it considers of great importance to ensure that the mental health dimension is addressed better in all treatment and support efforts and drug treatment is considered as a integral part of public health policy.