An agreement between the Czech Republic and Thailand took effect on Tuesday, on the mutual exchange of prisoners serving time in the two countries' jails. For two Czechs convicted of smuggling drugs in Thailand, the new agreement is a ray of hope, offering them the chance of seeing their homeland again. Rob Cameron reports.
When I go to see my parents, I pass a house, where a window on the second floor is always open, loud music is pouring out and flower pots with typical marihuana leaves are immediately obvious. It's also evident that visits to that flat are frequent, and its residents do not try to conceal that they and their guests gather to smoke joints.
Although two years ago parliament moved to tighten the country's drugs law, there has been no significant drop either in the number of addicts or the number of youngsters experimenting with drugs. According to extensive opinion surveys conducted among teenagers, 60 to 80% of all Czech youngsters have tried drugs by the time they reach eighteen. A sound knowledge of how various drugs work may save their lives, prevent them from becoming heavily addicted and keep them away from the cheapest and most dangerous substances which 12-year- olds can simply pick up at their local hardware store. Find out more in this week's Magazine with .