Welcome to the Foundation
for a Drug-Free Europe
FDFE has been formed in March 2004 with
the firm purpose of uniting and coordinate
the efforts of members of civil society involved
in the fight against drugs in Europe. Among
the members, and internal and external expert
advisors of the Foundation, are a diversity
of people of different ideological, religious
and cultural backgrounds, who have a shared
goal of ridding society of the drug epidemic.
We know from experience that joining forces
with secular and religious background, and
developing positive open co-operation and
solidarity with others makes the difference.
its goal, the Foundation collaborates with
local and national institutions as well as
effective rehabilitation programs which also
use drug-free methods and carry out positive
prevention education campaigns.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe is
a member of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic
Drugs, a vital link between NGOs, the United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
Its purpose is to support the work of the
Objective: a Drug-Free Europe
Drugs are more that just another social
use permeates all levels of society. Western
Europe is the second largest market for illicit
drugs after North America.
According to the European Commission, in the European Union there are up to two million problem drug users.
among young people, is at historically high
levels. A growing concern is the incidence
among drug users. Over
mainly young men in their 20s and 30s, die
of a drugs overdose each year. Drug abuse
remains high even if it seems to be leveling
off in some Member States.
There is more and more evidence
of an increase in the use of cocaine among
young Europeans. Estimates show that around
9 million Europeans have used it and that
between 3 and 3.5 million have tried
the drug in
the last year, while as many as 1.5 million
are classified as regular users.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe
has been formed
in response to the dramatic increase in demand
for their antidrug activities after it was
obvious that there was a real need to coordinate
anti-drug public awareness campaigns throughout
Ateam of bikers from the Foundation for a Drug Free Europe (FDFE) started from Mechelen, Belgium, on 26 June, to celebrate United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and covered 230 Kms in Flanders. Going through the cities of Antwerpen, Zelzate, Gent, Eeklo, Nieuwpoort, Ieper to end one week later in Kortrijk. The bikers along their road met different city terminals such as Mayor, Alderman, Police official or Drug prevention in charge, who appreciated the effort made by the bikers who were warmly welcome by the population and the youth. The purpose of the Tour was to share the experiences with the city officials, to support existing drug prevention initiatives and to raise the awareness of the population on the drug dangers.