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Today in our rubric “their experience” is the story about the Macedonian project HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje https://hops.org.mk/. This organization has been working in the field of assistance for addicts for more than 20 years. How it all began, what are the needs of vulnerable groups today, how to avoid professional burnout about this and not only in our story from Macedonia.

*Macedonian shooting— a way, a method of conducting a fight with fire-arms, most often with pistols. Assumes the fight with two hands. Such a method provides duplication of firepower of the shot.


HOPS is not only condoms and needles, it is also a social work, doctors and changing of articles in laws.

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In the beginning of September, the “Foundations of Consulting People with addictions to psychoactive Substances and the Relatives of Those People” webinar was held.

This is only a part of “Let’s Be Acquainted” big project (more information on the project on https://www.protivnarko.ru/bf-sv-prav-ioanna-kronshtadtskogo-nachal-novyiy-proekt-budem-znakomyi/). The aim of the course is to give a set of basic knowledge enough for launch of consultation point (room).

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The sociologists state: the average age of familiarizing the drugs is 15 years old, the informed decision of stopping to take drugs is 30 years old.

According to sociological survey which was held within “5:0 za horata” project this September, the average age of starting use drugs is 15,45 years old and the informed decision to stop their use comes in average at 29,84 years old.

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