Our Services & Programmes

Anti-Drugs Campaign

Addressing drug use and drug addiction as any other health disorder: i.e. by implementing drug use prevention interventions and providing drug dependence treatment and care services, which are based on scientific evidence and on ethical standards. Please support this worthy cause. It needs the public's help. We want to be on the road.
Drug Demand Reduction Strategy
The BPDC, in collaboration with and support of its partner agencies, has institutionalized and is continually implementing the Public Information and Liaison Team (PILT) Programme, intended to advocate among the youth the ill effects of drug abuse, and get their active participation in the advocacy efforts. It has also continually conducted seminars and symposia on drug abuse prevention and control in different communities in the country. The aim is to take people away from abusing dangerous drugs and controlled substances and reduce their desire to abuse drugs. This is being done through development and implementation of preventive education programmes for different target groups; adoption and utilization of effective treatment and rehabilitation and after-care programmes; and the continuous conduct of research on vital aspects of the drug abuse problem.
• Preventive Education Programmes and Activities
• Capability Building
• Treatment and Rehabilitation (Addiction Recovery)
• Relevant Researches and Studies

Civic Awareness and Response Strategy
Efforts in advocating the harmful effects of drugs to the people, the communities and the public in general have been continuously and vigorously conducted. The impact of these efforts has been among the factors that have contributed to the decrease in the number of drug users in the country. Cooperation with the non-governmental and private sector has also been maintained. We also participate in the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) held every 26th of June.

The concept is to increase community awareness and social responsibility on the ill effects of dangerous drugs, and to advocate social response by the promotion of the non-use of dangerous drugs through community information and development activities; observance of special events; production, publication and distribution of IEC materials; implementation of public communication strategies through press conferences, press releases, television and radio guestings, and community/family participation.

  • Drug-free radio shows (Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign)
  • Creating drug-free clubs
  • Campus Tours of PILT (BPDC anti-drug abuse educators)
  • Commemoration of ‘World Drug Day’
  • Exchange Programme
  • Production of IEC materials
  • Production of PSAs and AVPs
  • Regional and International Cooperation Strategy
On regional and international cooperation, continuing cooperative efforts, particularly in capability building, have been instituted and effected between and among partner agencies in various countries to enhance the skills and knowledge of personnel involved in drug law enforcement, treatment and rehabilitation and advocacy efforts.
The intent is to forge and foster cooperation with regional and international agencies and counterparts. Partnerships involve adherence to treatise, signing of memoranda of understanding and agreement, conduct of tie-up projects, attendance in foreign conferences, exchange of drug reports, hosting of study tours and field visits, and participation in drug-related international efforts.
• Exchange of data on drug abuse prevention and control
• Hosting Assemblies and Trainings
• Volunteer Internship Placement
• Supporting Ghana anti-drug abuse campaign workers

Youth’s Empowerment

The Brain Power Development Centre (BPDC) is a non-governmental organization concerned with youth development based on their interest in promoting safe drug use, renew mindsets and community innovation. One of the forms of youth empowerment that the BPDC is most concerned with and defines as Worst Form of Youth Empowerment is the use of children in the drug trade.

BPDC is passionate about empowering young people as community leaders and building positive relationships between young people of differing backgrounds and generations. BPDC is an organisation that incorporates youth’s ideas and involves them as organisational leaders. We believe strongly in the power of community and collaboration and serves to create space and time for people to engage and breakdown critical discussions around illicit drugs, brain health and youth empowerment. BPDC has adopted a number of tools and resources to promote more effective integration of youth analysis and issues into our programmes by looking at youths’ empowerment through the lens of every youth’s abilities and relationships.

Alternative Development Strategy
The BPDC has taken the initiative and is presently continuing its efforts in urging persons with identified marijuana plantation sites within our reach to provide alternative development projects. The aim is for farmer residents involved in marijuana cultivation to shift to legal livelihood. The BPDC has been providing seed money as assistance to persons that have requested its help in starting such projects. The aim is to reduce the production of marijuana and eventually eliminate its cultivation through sustainable rural development and alternative livelihood programmes.

  • Alternative Livelihood Projects
  • Conduct Advocacy Programmes for Schools/Communities
  • Concept Development & Promotion
  • Creative Thinking
  • Exchange Programme
  • Entrepreneurial Training
  • Strategy Formulation
  • Business Planning

Advocacy

Our advocacy strongly focuses on education and youth’s empowerment. We advocate on the following global advocacy priority areas: youth, peace and security; youth and substance abuse; and physical wellness and mental health.
The current drug policy in Ghana is very repressive in nature. It is a control approach that has failed to consider the health and wellbeing of those who use drugs. It makes no room for people who need lifesaving harm reduction programmes such as needle and syringe distribution and opioid substitution treatments. Studies have also shown that the criminalization of people who use drugs is often more detrimental to their health than the drug use itself and that this approach does not lower rates of drug use. BPDC is currently targeting the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda to ensure these issues are central to any new framework.

Global advocacy is also carried out to respond to humanitarian crises. UNODC advocates for evidence and human rights-based drug dependence treatment, and build the capacity of service providers to deliver drug dependence treatment and HIV prevention within a continuum of care. Partnerships with healthcare systems and civil society are being established. Another focus is given to building bridges between legislative bodies and systems of healthcare, drug dependence treatment, social services, vocational training, law enforcement and criminal justice.
• Drug Supply Reduction Strategy
The objective is to take away drugs from the public for the purpose of abuse, through market denial operations and prevention of diversion from the licit to the illicit markets. Actions such as law enforcement, regulatory compliance, and judicial and legislative measures are designed to stop the production, processing, trafficking, financing and retailing of dangerous drugs, precursors and other essential chemicals.
• Enhancement of Law Enforcement Programmes
• Regulatory Compliance
• Judicial and Legislative Measures
• Setting up drug-free information booths
• Organizing Truth About Drugs booklet handouts
• Drug-free pledge-signing events

Brain Health

Did you know it takes about 25 years for your brain to develop? And it doesn’t stop at 25 – adults can grow new neurons too.
Nutrition, sleep, stress & exercise – just some of the factors involved in overall brain health. Lifestyle choices like eating well, exercise, & quitting smoking may benefit the brain. A baby’s brain adds volume at an initial rate of 1% a day, growing by 2/3 in the first 3 months. (Source: @ dana_fdn)
• Memory Improvement
• Cognitive Fitness
• Science Research and Studies

Training

The UNODC strategy has so far been to promote locally developed good practices and networking for reducing demand for and harm from drugs, with the aim of building capacity to effectively address emerging drug use and related health problems. Training tool kits based on evidence-based interventions, best practices and responses have been developed and adopted.
The Regional Programme approach is to further scale up these activities to build a knowledge sharing network across the region.
To help prevent drug abuse, UNODC gives priority to activities including life-skills education in schools and family skills training.
• Drug-free poster and essay contests
• Life-Skills Training
• Online Education