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Drug Prevention in the Streets of Prague

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Replacing used syringes for new, sterile ones. Employees of outdoor programs, so called street workers are providing information about the possibilities of therapy or any other professional help. They work with a risky group of people addicted to drugs. We accompanied a couple of street workers to their work places in Prague.

These outdoor programs are based on the idea:
To reduce the health risks of the users of illegal drugs, and in this way help to protect the inhabitants of the capital city – Prague against the spread of infectious diseases.

[Evžen Klouček, Street Work Program Manager]:
“These people in the streets are in the phase of being in love with the drugs. Therefore, this love cannot be averted. It has to be let to last out. And the “outdoor program” is trying to help them live with the smallest harm possible.”

Ota Stloukal, a student of social work at the Charles’s University in Prague has been working as a street worker for three years already.

Together with him and his colleague, Magdaléna Šormová, a student of the police academy, we are going to walk from the main train station to Venceslav’s square.

These places are located in the centre of Prague and are frequently visited by tourists and even more, they are the most concentrated places of local drug scene.

Ota and Magda walk through the places where they could possibly find used needles, and clean out any they find.

This work is risky, there is a possibility they get an incurable disease. But Ota can see the optimistic side of his job and that is more important for him.

[Ota Stloukal, Street worker]:
„We expect that one day these people will decide that they don’t want to take drugs anymore and they start to cure themselves in some way and it will be much cheaper to cure them if they will be less harmed.”

NTD News, Prague

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