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Police dogs visit teens at school

Customs officers lectured teenagers on the dangers of drugs yesterday accompanied by police dog Skuggi and his canine pals. The visit was part of a new anti-drug campaign aimed at 14-year-olds in Iceland.

Representatives of the campaign plan to visit 2,500 teenagers at school this year and give lectures in their confirmation classes and hope Skuggi can help break the ice, as Fréttabladid reports. (Most 14-year-olds in Iceland will be confirmed in church this spring and are required to attend confirmation classes in advance.)

The campaign is a cooperation between the Directorate of Customs and the Church of Iceland, which have cooperated on anti-drug campaigns since 1999.

Minister of Finance Árni M. Mathiesen launched the website www.neitakk.is (“no thanks”) yesterday, which is designed to support the anti-drug lectures given at schools.

The website contains information about drugs, the work of the customs and the advantages of a healthy lifestyle.

Visitors can also watch interviews with drug addicts and Icelandic celebrities and role models for teenagers, like Rock Star Supernova contestant Magni and beauty queen Unnur Birna.

The Directorate of Customs encourages parents to visit the website with their children and discuss the issues it raises.

According to the Directorate, the decisions people make in their early teens in relation to alcohol and drug consumption “marks the basic direction their life will take in adulthood.”

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