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  1. Systematic review of the role of external contributors in school substance use education

    Purpose: A literature review was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of external contributors (anyone other than a teacher at the school) in delivering school‐based drug, alcohol and tobacco education (substance use education) programmes. Design/methodology/approach: The review focused upon literature published from 1990 onwards in English. Published reports were identified via electronic searches, supplemented by hand searching of relevant journals. Relevant organisations and individuals were contacted to identify low circulation, difficult to acquire (grey) literature. …

  2. Evidence-based practice in school substance use prevention: fidelity of implementation under real-world conditions

    Fidelity of program implementation under real-world conditions is a critical issue in the dissemination of evidence-based school substance use prevention curricula. Program effects are diminished when programs are implemented with poor fidelity. The authors assessed five domains of fidelity—adherence, exposure (dosage), quality of delivery, participant responsiveness and program differentiation (lack of contamination from other programs)—in a subset of respondents (N = 342) from a national random sample of public schools with middle school grades (N = 1721). …

  3. Interventions for adolescent substance abuse: an overview of systematic reviews

    Many unhealthy behaviors often begin during adolescence and represent major public health challenges. Substance abuse has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities, as its effects are cumulative, contributing to costly social, physical, and mental health problems. The authors conducted an overview of systematic reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent substance abuse among adolescents. They report findings from a total of 46 systematic reviews focusing on interventions for smoking/tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, and combined substance abuse. …

  4. Reviewing your drug and alcohol policy: a toolkit for schools

    This resource aims to help schools with the process of reviewing their drug and alcohol policy, with practical advice on consulting with teachers, pupils, parents and others in the community. It can be used by primary and secondary schools and pupil referral units, and should also be helpful for colleges.

  5. 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. …

  6. 2015 ESPAD report. Results from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs

    This report presents the results of the sixth data-collection wave of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) and marks the 20th anniversary of ESPAD data collection (1995-2015). It is based on information provided by 96 043 students from 35 European countries, 24 of them being Member States of the European Union. About 600 000 students have participated in the successive ESPAD data-collection waves, making the project the most extensive, harmonised data collection on substance use in Europe.

  7. The international evidence on the prevention of drug and alcohol use. Summary and examples of implementation in England

    The United Nations Office of Drug Control (UNODC) published ‘International Standards on Drug Use Prevention’ in 2013. The standards were developed through a systematic assessment of the international evidence on prevention and they provide a summary of the available scientific evidence. The briefing provides a summary of the UNODC prevention standards and gives corresponding examples of relevant UK guidelines, programmes and interventions currently available in England. …

  8. Guide to drug testing in South African schools

    This step-by-step guide is intended to clarify intent and procedures for conducting searches and testing for drugs on school premises. For parents/guardians and learners, it addresses some of the common questions and concerns, and outlines their rights and responsibilities.

  9. National schools' policy on drugs, Grenada

    The revised National Policy on Drugs, Grenada, provides the education system with relevant and updated guidelines and protocols, to address substance use and related problems, among students and school personnel. It has five principal goals. These are to: 1. Ensure the health, safety and welfare of students, teachers and other stakeholders being served by the school, specifically in relation to the issue of substance use; 2. Promote a safe, healthy and substance free environment to support student development and academic achievement; 3. …

  10. Suchtprävention in der Schule: Informationsmaterialien für die Schulgemeinschaft

    Suchtprävention ist eine wichtige Aufgabe der Gesundheitsförderung in den Schulen. Die vorliegenden Unterrichtsmaterialien geben einen Überblick über die Grundlagen, Ansatzpunkte und Methoden schulischer Suchtprävention und unterstützen die Schulgemeinschaft bei der Verbesserung und Weiterentwicklung ihrer Aktivitäten.

  11. Drug education and drug management in schools: policy

    This policy applies to all people who provide and support learning in schools and senior secondary schools (colleges) and early learning settings including Child and Family Centres, Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) and child care facilities. A systemic drug education and drug management policy is essential to ensure all educational leaders have a consistent approach to providing drug education and managing drug related incidents including the confiscation of licit and illicit drugs.

  12. 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. …

  13. Programa de participación estudiantil: guía metodológica para padres, madres y representantes. Educación preventiva integral de los usos y consumos problemáticos de alcohol, tabaco y otras drogas en el sistema educativo nacional 3

    El Ministerio de Educación, rector de la política educativa, consciente de la importancia que se debe ofrecer a la Educación Preventiva Integral de los Usos y Consumos Problemáticos de Alcohol, Tabaco y otras Drogas, propone material pedagógico para abordar el fenómeno social de las drogas en el Sistema Nacional de Educación. …

  14. Programa de participación estudiantil: guía metodológica para estudiantes. Educación preventiva integral de los usos y consumos problemáticos de alcohol, tabaco y otras drogas en el sistema educativo nacional 2

    El Ministerio de Educación (MINEDUC) entrega a ustedes estudiantes de 1ero y 2do de bachillerato este material, el cual tiene como objetivo invitarles a conocer, analizar y reflexionar sobre el el fenómeno social de los usos y consumos problemáticos de drogas. Con este material se propende llegar al desarrollo de sus habilidades sociales y capacidades para llegar a la toma de decisiones conscientes e informadas. En el mundo se analizan nuevas formas de enfrentar fenómenos sociales como el de los usos y consumos problemáticos de drogas. …

  15. Programa de participación estudiantil: guía metodológica para docentes. Educación preventiva integral de los usos y consumos problemáticos de alcohol, tabaco y otras drogas en el sistema educativo nacional 1

    El Acuerdo Ministerial N° 0444-12 describe los lineamientos y pautas para la implementación del Programa de Participación Estudiantil en las instituciones educativas del país. En el artículo 3, se plantean las opciones del programa y una de estas es Prevención Integral de los Usos y Consumos Problemáticos de Drogas. Esta opción considera la prevención como un proceso integral que se centra en el ser humano. …

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