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European Drug Prevention Prize - 2010



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The award ceremony of the 4th European Drug Prevention Prize took place on Wednesday 3 November 2010 in Strasbourg during the Pompidou Group's 15th Ministerial Conference. The Prize was awarded to three projects for their innovative work in drug prevention with the active involvement and participation of youth.

Prior to this event, a jury of 6 young people from Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Russian Federation and Turkey examined 80 applications from 26 European countries and selected those projects they considered to be the most innovative. 11 other projects which they found interesting and worthwhile promoting were given a certificate of recognition for their work.

The 2010 Prize-winners are:
« Energy Control » in Barcelona (Spain)

Energy Control (EC) is a project that consists in peer-to-peer interventions, school workshops, and the use of new technologies (telephone, email, websites, internet discussion forums, etc.) to both prevent drug use and reduce the risks associated with drug use. The group provides support not only to young people who use drugs in their leisure time, but also to people who are not drug users but who have friends or family members who are (including parents). Groups of young volunteers trained by EC set up stalls at parties which provide information on drugs, drug testing (both on site at the parties and, for more elaborate analysis, in their laboratories), and advice on how to use drugs as safely as possible – including breathalyzer alcohol tests. Energy Control also does prevention work in schools and trains other professionals or volunteers within other organisations.

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« 'RecceR' Resilience Coaching » in Ghent (Belgium)

'RecceR' Resilience Coaching focuses on building resilience (the universal capacity which allows a person, group or community to prevent, minimize or overcome the damaging effects of adversity) in young people who suffer from EBD (emotional and behavioural disorders). To do so, the group designed a game which relies on the identification of 3 monsters (aggression, impulsivity, and low self-esteem). The main character of the game, Billy, is held prisoner by these monsters. The youngsters play the game to acquire ‘resilience’ skills which will allow them to combat the monsters and free Billy. To acquire these skills, the youngsters rely on 3 in-game coaches, the magician, the adventurer and the warrior. The skills include the capacity to solve problems as a group, concentration skills, tolerance, and respect.

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« Smoke & Mirrors » in Manchester (United Kingdom)

Smoke and Mirrors attempts to draw young people’s attention to the negative practices of the tobacco industry and encourages them to challenge these as a way of dissuading them to start or encourage them to stop smoking. It does so by launching a film competition and by organising ‘campaign weekends’ which serve not only to raise awareness but also to develop the youngsters’ skills and self-confidence. Media coverage as well as online campaigns (facebook, twitter, and other websites) are also used as tools. As an additional device to attract youth’s attention, Smoke and Mirrors has engaged the support of celebrity ambassadors from Hollyoak, the only non-smoking soap.

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Shortlisted projects:

Together against drugs (Pleven, Bulgaria)
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COPE/drugs (Staffanstorp, Sweden)

11 years of Max on stage (Lleida, Spain)
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I create my future myself (Vilnius, Lithuania)
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"Tears of Poppy" Theatre performance (Baku, Azerbaijan)
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Day and night preventive actions alerting 18-25s to risks of consuming alcohol and psychotropic substances (Paris, France)
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"Scuola D+" Educhiamoci alla responsabilita' (Schio, Italy)

100% health, 0% smoke! (Mireval, France)

Smoking prevention and cessation in high schools and technical schools in Cyprus (Nicosie, Cyprus)

FRISTIL (Oslo, Norway)
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WOCAD BELLA NET international (Stockholm, Sweden & EU)
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suite Article published on the European Commission's European Action on Drugs (EAD) website "Boosting motivation: EAD signatories shortlisted for international prevention prize (05/02/2011, Lithuania)