Hungarian Police Distribute 3,000 Truth About Drugs Booklets

29 July 2013

Hungarian police from the northern town of Paszto distributed 3,000 Truth About Drugs booklets in a single weekend at the S.U.N. Festival, a trance music festival held in the Cserhat Mountains.

Trance music, a type of rhythmic electronic genre, has long been associated with the drug culture, particularly raves and consumption of the drug Ecstasy.

While Ecstasy has been promoted as a "party drug," The Truth About Ecstasy booklet explains that short-term side effects of the drug can include confusion, depression and severe anxiety, among other unwanted sensations that can occur, even with first-time users.

According to a spokesman of the National Council for Crime Prevention of Hungary, the average age for first-time drug users has likely dropped below 14 years old, as reported by

The Truth About Drugs booklets served to provide festivalgoers with facts about drugs—what they do to the mind and body. This educational approach is borne out of experience showing that when people understand what these substances truly are, they can make informed decisions to be drug-free.

In fact, some DJs and music fans have started to reject the dance music-drug association and now encourage people to avoid drug use and simply appreciate the music genre without risking the potentially devastating effects of drug consumption, all for a safer and more positive experience.

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The Truth About Drugs program is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive non-governmental drug education and prevention initiatives. It was created by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.

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