STAR: Strategies and Techniques in Addictions for youngsteRs

Project motivation

Drug addiction can have a significant impact on a young person’s life, leading to a breakdown of relationships with friends and family, poor academic performance, and difficulties in finding and maintaining employment. These challenges can result in the exclusion of young people from mainstream society, leading to further isolation and marginalization.

To address these issues, our project is designed to provide young people with the necessary techniques and tools to prevent drug addiction. Through education and training, we aim to equip young people with the skills they need to make informed decisions about drug use and to recognize the risks and consequences of addiction.

By empowering young people with this knowledge, we believe that we can boost inclusion and create a more inclusive society. Our project provides young people with the support they need to overcome addiction and re-engage with mainstream society, allowing them to achieve their full potential and contribute to their communities. Ultimately, our project aims to break down the barriers that prevent young people from participating fully in society, promoting a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Trivia from context analysis:

  •  1 in every 18 people aged 15-64 worldwide had used a drug in the past 12 months. This is 26% higher than in 2010.
  •  Young people use more drugs than adults and develop dependency faster.
  • Europe remains a major consumer market for ‘ecstasy’.
  •  Amphetamine is the 2nd most used stimulant in Europe after cocaine.
  • The home-made Methamphetamine ‘pervitin’ is the main substance linked to problem drug use
    in the Czech Republic.
  •  Spain is the 3rd country in Europe in trends in overdose deaths.
  •  1 of 3 Italians, aged 15-64 years, had used a psychoactive substance at least once in their lifetime.
  • Opioids remain the main drug type for which people are in drug treatment in Europe, but cannabis follows closely.
  • Western and Central Europe remains the 2nd largest cocaine market worldwide.
  • Cannabis use disorders and psychiatric comorbidities have risen in Western Europe. Cannabis use accounted for 31% of people who entered to treatment in EU in 2019.

Project objectives

Addictions are a relevant risk to the health and well-being of youngsters and are becoming increasingly prevalent today. The pressure of modern life has contributed to a growing trend of addiction to substances.

  • To CONNECT our partnership’s expertise.
  • To ENGAGE youth workers and youngsters in acquiring knowledge to identify, work and prevent addictions.
  • To EMPOWER youth communities for preventing and tackling addictions.

Project results

STAR Summary Video course
A real case of drug addiction
Do not point at me
Heroin Wakeup
Mobile addiction on our point of view

Project details

Implementation 01.09.2023 - 31.08.2025
Subsidy 120 000 €
Number 2023-1-CZ01-KA220-YOU-000160303

Czech Republic



Leading organisation Petrklíč help, z.s.
Grant provider Dům zahraniční spolupráce
Subsidy provider