Amsterdam remembers drug, alcohol abuse victims

22nd July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam held its first memorial service for victims of drugs and alcohol abuse on Tuesday.

Amsterdam – Amsterdam held its first memorial Tuesday for victims of drug and alcohol abuse, according to the ANP news agency.

The memorial service has been organised by MDHG, a support group for drug users, and Stichting Drugspastoraat Amsterdam, an ecumenical pastoral care organisation for both religious and non-religious addicts from all walks of life.

The Amsterdam service is part of International Remembrance Day, an official day to remember people who have died, directly or indirectly, of drugs and alcohol abuse.

Other countries holding memorials and events include Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

A recent World Health Organisation report states that one in 10 deaths in Europe is alcohol-related. Across the globe, one in 25 deaths can be directly attributed to alcohol consumption

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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