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Basic knowledge of narcotic substances


Material for a 3-hour lesson, part of the Training Course on Community Safety Awareness Raising Programme, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo for the Kosovo Police


The problem of drug trafficking and drug use is one of the global problems, but also a problem for Kosovo society. After the war in Kosovo in 1999-2000, there were many factors that influenced the increase of the cases related to trafficking, sale and consumption of narcotic substances. Lack of legal basis, unserious approach in terms of institutional and civic cooperation has made Kosovo a convenient place for carrying out criminal actions and attendance of various criminal groups. Besides that Kosovo is used as a transit country for illegal transportation of narcotic substances, today this phenomenon includes the addition of a large number of regular drug users, retailers and narcotic plant cultivators.

The goal of this lesson is to provide a general knowledge on narcotic substances, types, ways of use, prevention, trends and trafficking routes, treatment and rehabilitation and consequences.
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the definition of drugs
  2. Know the types of drugs, use and identification of users (symptoms)
  3. Know the categories of use
  4. Gain knowledge about the consequences of drug use
  5. Have knowledge about the origins, trends, drug trafficking routes and the most prevalent drugs in Kosovo
  6. Have knowledge for the way of treatment, rehabilitation, resettlement and re-integration into society of users (addicted persons)