Preventing addiction among children and young persons
If you suspect that your child is experimenting with smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling, betting or other additive substances, seek help of an expertEarly detection if vital in the prevention of experimentation with various psychoactive substances—tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other risky behaviour leading to addiction.
Expert teams in county institutes of public healthIf you suspect that your child is experimenting or in contact with tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gambling/betting or other additive substances, you can seek expert help of teams specialised for mental health protection, prevention and outpatient treatment of addiction and working in county institutes of public health.
Their work covers everything from working with young persons at risk and/or experimenting with addictive substances and their families, cooperating with schools, social welfare centres and other healthcare services, to drug testing, treating addicts and working with them, as well as supervising their abstinence or pharmacotherapy.
Addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of teams specialised for mental health protection, prevention and outpatient treatment of addiction can be found on the website of the Office for Combating Drugs Abuse.
Health care for school-age childrenYou can also seek help, including for risky behaviour, from health care services for school-age children acting within the framework of institutes of public health. You can bring your child to such service without a doctor’s referral to receive advice about how to act in the situation you do not know how to resolve.
Hair follicle drug testYou can have hair samples tested for drugs and drug metabolites for your own purposes and with complete discretion (under a subject code) in the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health in Zagreb. Hair is preferred as a biological sample in comparison to urine because it enables detection of drug use in months, depending on the length of the hair.
Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
Drug Abuse Information Service
Ksaverska cesta 2
Phone: (01) 4682-531
Home drug test kitsHome drug test kits which detect drugs in urine can be bought in many pharmacies. There are drug test kits which detect five or more drugs (the so-called panel tests for five or ten drugs) or which detect just one type of drugs. The results are ready in just a few minutes.
Anonymous, free-of-charge analysis of intoxicating substancesThe Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, in cooperation with the City of Zagreb and the Office for Combating Drugs Abuse of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, is implementing a project against drug abuse and offers anonymous, free-of-charge analysis of intoxicating substances.
More detailed information on Anonymous, free-of-charge analysis of intoxicating substances can be found on the website of the Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute of Public Health.
Do you have questions about drug abuse and addiction?You can contact the Office for Combating Drugs Abuse by sending an e-mail to: