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For some decades now students have been given lessons about drugs in school in the belief that education about drugs can change their behaviour. This publication discusses basic principles upon which policy makers, school administrators and teachers can make decisions on how to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate school-based drug prevention programmes.
Promoting health and a healthy lifestyle among children and youth is a national priority for all Eastern European and Central Asian countries, and is reflected in their country policies. Schools have an important role to play in health promotion, by preparing children, adolescents and youth for a healthy and safe adulthood. This review of policies and practices provides a brief account of the achievements to date in prevention education (with special focus on drug use prevention), and outlines the challenges still to be addressed.