Protection of Children from Drug Use Cover Image

Заштита дјеце од употребе дрога
Protection of Children from Drug Use

Author(s): Mišo Krstović
Subject(s): Criminology, Substance abuse and addiction, Health and medicine and law, Family and social welfare
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Источном Сарајеву
Keywords: Drugs; Drug addiction; Alcoholism; Nicotine addiction; Abuse of narcotic drugs;

Summary/Abstract: The danger of excessive drug use, regardless of its type (narcotic drugs, tobacco or alcohol) presents a major problem in almost all modern societies, and, therefore, this paper seeks to present basic concept of all three types of drugs separately as well as the danger they pose to children and to the society as a whole, and to indicate possible ways of fighting the drug abuse. High-risk population for all types of addiction, as a consequence of the drug abuse, are children, especially in the adolescence period, when they experiment more often with all types of drugs, even with the most dangerous ones – narcotic drugs, which have the fastest effect and leave the most severe consequences on physical and mental health of children. Therefore battle against the abuse of drugs presents at the same time battle for children’s right to health, as one of the fundamental rights of the children. Drug addiction is related to the domestic and other types of violence, thefts and other types of crime, and it undoubtedly presents not only a serious social problem, but health and family problem as well. Organized criminal groups amass huge wealth from selling and distributing narcotic drugs and, at the same time, they launch new types of mass-produced synthetic drugs virtually on a daily basis, which calls for new methods in battling the abuse of narcotic drugs on the part of the government. When it comes to the alcohol, this paper underlines new and very dangerous trends in consuming alcohol - the so called “smoking of alcohol”, which has a devastating effect on child’s body, as well as combined use of narcotic drugs and alcohol, which is also extremely dangerous. All states have to actively fight drug trafficking and drug abuse, to secure health of children, but also to create safer society, which also in-cludes the necessity of cooperation between the states in the battle against all types of crime related to the abuse of narcotic drugs. Fight against the abuse of drugs includes an appropriate legal frame-work, as well as active participation of all actors in the prevention, starting from family to the educational institutions.

  • Issue Year: 4/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 117-137
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian