Friday, May 28, 2010


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
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Stuart Basefsky
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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction [EMCDDA]

NOTE:  Released Today for purposes of International Children’s Day (1 June).


Children's voices. Experiences and perceptions of European children on drug and alcohol issues [28 May 2010]

EMCDDA, Lisbon, May 2010


[full-text, 38 pages]



The purpose of this paper is to give meaning and insight into some of the key drug and alcohol issues that affect children from the perspectives of the children themselves. It is not to estimate the relative magnitude of a specific drug or alcohol problem or the numbers of children affected by it. Each section of this paper is preceded by one or two key statistics and whilst the quotations that follow may highlight a need to develop more robust and detailed statistics on a key issue, the overriding objective is to give the children a voice.


Table of contents


    * Introduction

    * Living with parents with drug or alcohol problems

    * Children looked after by relatives, foster carers and institutions

    * Children’s experiences and perceptions of alcohol and drug consumption

    * Children’s perceptions about alcohol and drug interventions

    * Conclusions

    * Acknowledgements

    * References

    * Quotation sources


Press Release 28 May 2010

Children’s voices — experiences and perceptions of children around drugs and alcohol

(28.5.2010, LISBON) A collection of narratives from children on issues of substance use in Europe is released by the EMCDDA today ahead of International Children’s Day (1 June).

Alcohol and drug use in their different forms can have a profound impact on the lives of children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children should be able to express their views in all matters touching their lives. The purpose of today’s paper — Children’s voices — is to provide a channel for such expression and offer meaning and insight into some of the key drug and alcohol issues affecting children.

Around 60 000 children in Europe today are likely to be living with individuals who are receiving treatment for drug problems. And many more are living with a drug-using parent or others not in contact with treatment services.

See Children’s voices at




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