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  1. Systematic review and meta-analysis: prevalence of alcohol use among young people in eastern Africa

    The study’s objective is the systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies of alcohol use among young people (age 15–24 years) in eastern Africa to estimate prevalence of alcohol use and determine the extent of use of standardised screening questionnaires in alcohol studies. Based on the review results, the authors draw the conclusion that alcohol use and problem drinking were common among diverse groups of young people in eastern Africa, indicating the urgent need for alcohol-focused interventions in this population. …

  2. Confronting the reality: drug policy, young people who use drugs and a need for evidence-based interventions in Nigeria

    Nigeria, situated in West Africa with a population of about 178 million people, is the most populous African Nation. Over 60 per cent of this population are young people, hence the country can be described as youthful which is a crucial resource for growth and development. Like many West African countries, the country has a long history in being a trafficking route for illicit drugs from the major producing countries such as Latin America and Asia to the thriving European and North American market. …

  3. Consumo cuidado: guía para acompañar acciones de prevención en la escuela: hablemos del tema

    Desde el Programa Nacional de Educación y Prevención sobre las Adicciones y el Consumo Indebido de Drogas (Ley nacional N° 26586), trabajamos con el objetivo de promover valores y actitudes que fortalezcan las capacidades de las personas y su entorno para prevenir las adicciones y el uso indebido de drogas. “Hablemos del tema” es el eslogan que guía las acciones del programa a partir del convencimiento de que la escuela es un espacio privilegiado para abordar esta cuestión sin temores ni prejuicios. …

  4. Drogas nas escolas: versão resumida

    A presente edição foi especialmente preparada para atender as escolas brasileiras. Trata-se da versão resumida do livro Drogas nas Escolas, de Mary Castro e Miriam Abramovay lançado em 2002 com grande repercussão na imprensa. A pesquisa que deu origem a esse livro procurou privilegiar a visão de mundo dos alunos, do corpo técnico-pedagógico das escolas e dos pais, sobre o consumo de drogas e temas correlatos. O estudo envolveu crianças e jovens do ensino fundamental e médio de 14 capitais brasileiras. …

  5. Substance use in South-East Asia: knowledge, attitudes, practices and opportunities for intervention: summary of baseline assessments in Thailand, the Philippines and Viet Nam

    The Global Initiative on Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse (Global Initiative) is jointly executed by the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Implementation began in June 1997. The Global Initiative aims to prevent the use and abuse of all licit and illicit psychoactive substances by young people. The project is implemented in selected communities in eight countries in three regions of the world where rapid/dramatic social change is in progress. …

  6. Skills for drug education in schools: a manual for teachers and trainers

    This comprehensive training manual is suitable for teachers and trainers to support the implementation of a skills-based drug education programme in schools. It is based on evidence-based principles of drug education in schools. It was developed through a consultation process involving school education authorities and drug implementation agencies of participating countries to ensure its relevance to the target group. The focus of the manual is on the training of teachers and trainers on the skills for drug education, utilizing experimental learning approaches. …

  7. Investigation of teaching the integrated topics on drug abuse in secondary school curriculum

    The problem of this study was to investigate the teaching of the integrated topics on drug abuse in the secondary school curriculum as a strategy to wipe out the problem of drug abuse among students in Machakos District, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to: establish the prevalence of drug abuse at the secondary school level according to gender, locality (urban/rural), boarding or day and religious practice, and establish the effect of teaching integrated topics on prevalence rate of drug abuse. …

  8. Ghana education service: a teacher's guide on the prevention of drug abuse in schools

    The Teachers Guide begins with a preface, an acknowledgement and brief introduction, and is followed by guidelines on how to use the curriculum in schools. Part II provides an overview of the drug situation in Ghana and Part III discusses the social and psychological factors affecting drug use by young people. Part IV lists some useful resources and other information for teachers. There are two annexes: one dealing with Drug Education, Life Skills and Positive Prevention, and the other containing some short stories written about the effects of drug abuse. …

  9. The impacts of drug policies on children and young people

    As member states of the United Nations take stock of the drug control system, a number of debates have emerged among governments about how to balance international drug laws with human rights, public health, alternatives to incarceration, and experimentation with regulation. This series intends to provide a primer on why governments must not turn a blind eye to pressing human rights and public health impacts of current drug policies.

  10. Building on our strengths: Canadian standards for school-based youth substance abuse prevention

    The Canadian Standards for School-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention are part of A Drug Prevention Strategy for Canada’s Youth, a five-year Strategy launched by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) in 2007 aimed at reducing drug use among Canadian youth aged 10–24. The School-based Standards are one of several sets of standards being developed with the aim of strengthening the quality of youth-focused substance abuse prevention programs in Canada. …

  11. Life skills training guide for young people: HIV and AIDS and substance use prevention

    This training guide was developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to support the efforts of government, civil society institutions and youth work personnel, engaged in training young people on development issues. It is intended to provide insight into the peer-to-peer approach to life skills training in non-formal education settings in the Asian and Pacific region. …

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