Lions Quest Recognized by UN
Last week, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held its 58th Session in Vienna, focused on the issue of drug use among youth worldwide. The CND meeting is the largest anti-drug event on the UN’s calendar. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) staff was on hand to discuss how Lions Quest has been proven a successful tool in addressing this problem around the world.
During the “Innovations in Youth Drug Prevention” seminar, Lions Quest was recognized alongside a number of other leading programs. Michael Botticelli, Director of the US Office National Drug Control Policy, listed Lions Quest among the programs known to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors that help prevent drug use among young people. LCIF staff presented the results of different studies that show that Lions Quest has successfully reduced alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use in multiple countries, including the US, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Japan and Czech Republic.
A panel discussion about “The Role of School-Based Social Emotional Skill-Building in Youth Prevention” highlighted the effective collaboration between LCIF and the UNODC in Serbia. Gilberto Gerra, Chief of the UN’s Office of Drug Control (UNODC) Drug Prevention and Health Branch, congratulated LCIF for sponsoring an evidence-based program that has proven successful in so many countries.
At a separate panel discussion, leading experts presented results of a cost-benefit analysis of various drug use prevention programs. That analysis shows that every US$1 invested in Lions Quest’s Skills for Adolescence saves more than US$5 in future costs.
Lions Quest programs are active in more than 90 countries, impacting 13 million youth all over the world. As more and more governments and NGOs take notice of the program’s accomplishments, LCIF continues to find new partners to help expand the program. A newly revised curriculum will be available soon.