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Could a local KETHEA programme encourage young people to use substances?

No, because KETHEA programmes do not encourage active drug users to congregate in their vicinity. Moreover, they provide local people with information on drug use in an effort to debunk the myths that surround drug addiction and reveal the problem as it really is, and they also promote prevention.
Our programmes also pool resources with other specialized KETHEA services to organize programmes designed to educate parents, teachers and other professionals about prevention, as well as supporting the efforts of local bodies to promote prevention in the home and in schools.