Luxembourg: Assisting adolescent drug users

Although Luxembourg's conservative culture and strict rules forbidding these drugs keep many from taking them, the number of young people, especially adolescents, using these drugs has rapidly risen in the past few years. Today about 50 percent of minors have used illegal substances at least once. This contradiction between traditional social norms and adolescents' experimentation with drugs can lead to strife within families and between generations as well as severe reactions from school and judicial authorities. In response to this problem, MSF runs the Solidarité Jeunes project. Through it, MSF works with young people who use drugs, their families and concerned institutions including 40 schools and 10 outreach programs. The program provides medical care, information about drug use and addiction, psychosocial care and individual and family therapy. Between August 2003 and July 2004, more than 230 consultations were carried out. Exploring the needs of immigrants MSF started a working group with other NGOs in December 2003 to monitor the health situation of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers entering Luxembourg. The organization also maintains regular contact with government authorities to assess and develop medical care for asylum seekers. MSF has worked in Luxembourg since 1996. INTERNATIONAL STAFF: 0 NATIONAL STAFF: 4