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Spanish Launch Motorcycle Game As Drug Prevention

by Rainier on May 31, 2005 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT

The Spanish company Advanced Addiction Treatments (TAVAD) has announced the first videogame in the world which allows the virtual use of cocaine during a motorcycle racing game. The game aims at preventing drug use among young people by acting as a psychological vaccine against cocaine.

By using information technology, which is one of the most familiar and most widely-accepted tools among the youth, players can virtually suffer the experience of cocaine tolerance and dependence.

The game gives players the choice of taking part in a motorcycle race either "without drugs" or "with cocaine". If they choose to use cocaine, players begin the race with the feeling that they are very likely to win; but their possibilities plunge to zero as their cocaine tolerance increases, their skills begin to vanish, and their need to use the drug becomes more frequent. They find themselves forced to stop continuously, in order to "stock up" and take their dose, without which they cannot stay in the race.

This preventive videogame offers the great advantage of allowing players to experience the negative consequences of cocaine use without taking any risk since it is purely virtual and any actual contact with cocaine is avoided.

In addition, this game is widely available, since it can be played online using simple computer equipment.

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