Article 33

You have the right to be protected from dangerous drugs.

Article 33 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have a right to be protected from all harmful drugs.

A right to know

To be protected from drugs, children and young people should be taught about their effects. Teaching of this nature should take the views of young people into account, and should be carried out at both primary and secondary level.

If a child or young person is affected by drugs they shouldn't be judged for taking them, but should be treated in a way that helps them get better.

Article 33 and parents

Article 33 also says that children and young people should be protected from the effects of a parent’s drug use and that their lives shouldn’t be made more difficult because of it.

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Article 17

Children and young people should have access to information about the effects of drugs.

Article 19

Children and young people should be protected from all forms of violence, including those influenced by drink or drugs.

Article 24

Children and young people have the right to healthcare if they're affected by drink or drugs.

Article 29

Children and young people's education should teach them about the dangers of drug use.

Article 32

Children and young people shouldn't have to be involved in the sale or production of illegal drugs.

Article 37

When in detention or prison, children and young people should be protected from drink and drugs.

Article 39

If a child or young person is badly affected by drugs, they should be able to access rehabilitative care.

Full text

This article is a simplified version of Article 33 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:

States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislative, administrative, social and educational measures, to protect children from the illicit use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as defined in the relevant international treaties, and to prevent the use of children in the illicit production and trafficking of such substances.