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Make health your ‘new high’ in life, not drugs - Georgian and foreign artists unite against drugs

TBILISI, 26 June 2014 - Foreign and Georgian artists staged theatre performance with personal stories of such stars as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Dalida, Edith Piaf and others who were drug dependents and whose lives were taken by drugs. The actors read from the personal diaries of these famous musicians and actors and the performance also included video projection, music and theatrical elements.

UNICEF Georgia / 2014

The event was organized within the yearlong anti-drug information campaign called “Be Real” that has been implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the NGO “Public Union Bemoni” and supported by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the Embassy of the United States of America in Georgia. Other supporters of the Poemus festival were the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. The International Day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.  

UNICEF Georgia / 2014

The injecting drug user population in Georgia increased approximately from 40,000 in 2010 to 45,000 in 2012. According to the National Forensic Bureau, the number of all types of registered drug users is about 60,000. The median age of non-injection drug use initiation is 15-16 years. Recent survey among young people showed that 57.3% of young people know nothing about the negative consequences of drug abuse; 21.4 % of the respondents used illegal drugs over the last one month; 15 % of young people that participated in the survey have used illicit drugs in the premises of educational institutions.
Please check out the campaign website and the campaign Facebook page

For more information, please, contact:
Beka Elbakidze
Tel: +995 599 63 77 04
Lela Tavzarashvili
Public Union Bemoni
Tel: 218 60 61; 218 60 60; 599 53 28 03
Maya Kurtsikidze, Communication Officer, UNICEF Georgia
Tel: (995 32) 2 23 23 88, 2 25 11 30. Cell: (995 599) 53 30 71





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