Drugs are one of community’s most significant difficulties, casting a bad shadow on it not only because they contribute to the destruction of young, but also because their destructive impact spreads to all sectors of social and economic life, ruining and destroying the country. The first is to prevent regression in this swamp as soon as possible.
Through different programs and activities, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society launched a campaign called “No to Drugs.”, the volunteer teams began public awareness campaigns on the risks of drugs and the harm they create, they have distributed information booklets and spoke with young people at Al-Mutanabbi Street in person.
The above – mentioned campaign is a continuation of the many ongoing activities that the Iraqi Red Crescent holds as part of its No to Drugs campaign, and the choice of Al-Mutanabi Street as a center for the gathering of educated youth, and thus they will contribute to educating young people about the harms of drug abuse and what it causes from health, psychological, and social risks to the individual in particular, according to Ali Amer (volunteer in the Iraqi Red Crescent).
Ali has added, “The Iraqi Red Crescent volunteer teams began distributing awareness folders and conducting meetings with young people at Al-Mutanabbi Street.”
“The process of distributing awareness leaflets about the dangers of drugs is accompanied by interviews with those on Al-Mutanabi Street, as well as giving lectures and conducting meaningful dialogues with young people in forums and their gathering places,” says Tamara Nasir (volunteer in the Iraqi Red Crescent).
Tamara has added, “The goal of spreading awareness and culture among young people is to inform them of the dangers of drugs and their abuse on a person, so we call on young people to stay away from this phenomenon, which has serious harm to humans and society.”
Dr. Iktfa Al-Hasnawi (Chairman of the Seed Atta Foundation for Human Rights and Sustainable Development) confirmed that the Iraqi Red Crescent’s adoption of the campaign to educate young people about the scourge of drugs was worthy of respect and support, and announced civil society institutions’ solidarity with it, saying, “We as a humanitarian organization are with them in continuing with this good initiative, and we will be able to tackle this challenge in the fight against drug misuse, because our organization focuses on developing young people’s capacities and nurturing their gifts in order to establish a society that entrusts its obligations to creating its country.”
While Muayyad Kamal Abdul Wahed (a member of the community police) referred to the cooperation and participation of the community police with the Iraqi Red Crescent in his campaign to raise awareness about the phenomenon of drug abuse, saying, “We go out on a permanent basis with awareness tours in markets and public places such as parks, parks and youth gathering centers, where our phones aim to educate and raise awareness of young people need to stay away from drug abuse or trafficking because it causes family disintegration and loss of their future as well as its health repercussions, and we welcome joint cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent because we work for the same goal and objective, which is to elevate community and rid it of harmful and alien habits.
It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Red Crescent Society launched a campaign (No to Drugs) aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drugs and their negative effects in community, particularly among youth, and held a number of events, including the establishment of a football match between stars from the former Iraqi football team, and a sports marathon in which huns participated.