The European Commission has published a proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of Community action on the prevention of drug dependence within the framework for action in the field of public health. The proposed Decision adopts a Community action programme on the prevention of drug dependence for a period of five years (1995 to 2000). The aim of the programme will be to: - Contribute to the enhancement of awareness on the use of narcotics and pyschotropic substances, on the abuse of alcohol and pharmaceutical products, and on the misuse of chemical substances or products for drug abuse purposes; - Contribute towards improving the recognition of risk situations, early detection, counselling and advice, and health and social support services; - Facilitate the end of drug use; - Lower the mortality rate; - Reduce the risks of infection by agents of infection; - Reduce marginalization. The programme will involve the following areas of activity: - Improving public awareness, in particular by means of coordinated transnational actions; - Using the opportunities provided in other Community policies, programmes and instruments to prevent and combat drug dependence; - Initiatives and actions relating to young people of school-going age in relevant environments (home, leisure, school) and the promotion of best practices in this regard. The Commission will ensure that activities take due account of the information activities of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction. Cooperation with international organizations active in the field of public health will be encouraged, for example by strengthening contacts with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Labour Office (ILO), and the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).