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|Summary||The project addresses the issue of mixed use (e.g., alcohol and benzodiazepines) by adolescents and young adults.|
Corina Salis Gross (Steering)
Michelle Dey (Operative lead)
Stephan Koller (Triage of adolescent / youth)
|Duration||January 2021 - March 2023|
|Funding||Alcohol prevention fonds|
|Cooperation||ZFPS (Domenic Schnoz)|
|Partner||infodrog (Alwin Bachmann)|
Media reports are sounding the alarm, pointing to increased visible cases of highly problematic mixed use of harder drugs, medications (especially benzodiazepines) and alcohol among adolescents and young adults, as well as corresponding drug dealing involving teenagers. This is particularly risky due to unpredictable interactions and, depending on the substances taken, can be acutely life-threatening. This has already led to dangerous and sometimes even fatal overdoses. Affected municipalities and cantons have been prompted to initiate measures to deal with the problem. Political initiatives on the subject have also been taken.
However, the data situation on mixed use in Switzerland is currently still very patchy. Among other things, there is currently a lack of reliable data on the potentially new and particularly dangerous mixed consumption of alcohol with psychoactive drugs. Nevertheless, addiction centers and experts fear an increase in such dangerous consumption patterns. Similarly, no concepts and systematic approaches for effective prevention or intervention are available yet. Too little is known about the motives for consumption, types of consumption, possible risk awareness and risk reduction strategies of the adolescents concerned themselves and about effective prevention approaches.
The following project elements are planned:
The project will not only provide new scientific insights into mixed use among adolescents and young adults in Switzerland. Rather, the project also has a high social relevance, as an intervention for adolescents and young adults with mixed consumption, which can be very dangerous, will be developed. The participatory involvement of adolescents and young adults as well as specialized institutions, municipalities and cantons should contribute to the acceptance and effectiveness of the intervention.