Drugs takes and medication is used by a million Czechs, alcohol regularly uses almost half a million Czechs

The government approved last month the national strategy to prevent and reduce the damage associated with addiction behaviour for the next eight years. The ambition of this document is to strengthen the prevention of physical dependence, the creation of quality adictological services, the regulation of the cannabis market, drugs and medicinal products containing psychoactive substances. Fortunately, there is no increasing degree of psychological dependence, among which the use of the Internet, or netolism, is clearly dominated.

The report on the implementation of the state’s drug policy, which restates a number of critics, shows the trite numbers not only in the increases in the number of opioid users and Pervitin, but also in the number of cannabis users and alcohol-dependent. However, one of the greatest achievements in the fight against drugs is the decrease in the number of users of very risky heroin. According to Jindřich Vobořil, the National drug Coordinator from 2010 to July 2018, this is only due to the fact that the Czech market received buprenorphine, after which people die. More here.

In the context of the Government’s efforts to fight Dogies, Saturday’s march for the legalization of marijuana, which traditionally did not include the most prominent personalities of the Czech Pirate Party, namely chairman Ivan Bartoš and the Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, may appear as a cheerful story from Sridhar. More here.

On the other hand, thanks to a depleted labour market, employers are increasingly tolerating alcohol and drugs in the workplace. Should the company accede to the notice after the repeated detection of such risk behaviour with its employee, it may not find a substitute for it. The reason is precisely the low number of adequate candidates. However, the use of drugs and alcohol in employment is not only a phenomenon of lower positions. On the contrary, a third of managers and specialists use these substances through stresing environments, permanent frustrations and high working conditions. More here.

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