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  1. Addictive substances: textbook approaches from 16 countries

    Schools have been identified as one of the appropriate settings for addiction prevention since this is the place where pupils may come into contact with drugs for the first time and experiment with them, with the possibility of becoming addicted. To be effective, school-based drug education must be firmly based on knowledge of oneself and knowledge of the effects of various addictive substances. Biology education is then an essential part of schoolbased drug education. …

  2. 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. …

  3. Delivering youth-led peer education: a guide to facilitate youth-led workshops on sexual health and drug-related harm reduction

    This guide was developed as part of the international ‘Educate, empower and engage for healthy lives’ project. This guide was developed by a team of young people with personal experience as a young person who uses drugs and/or work with vulnerable young people. The guide was developed by the project team and then piloted in 4 countries (Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, and Portugal). …

  4. 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.

  5. The 2011 ESPAD report. Substance use among students in 36 European countries

    The main purpose of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is to collect comparable data on substance use among 15–16-year-old European students in order to monitor trends within as well as between countries. So far, five data-collection waves have been conducted in the framework of the project. The first study was carried out in 26 countries in 1995, while data collection in 2011 was performed in 37 countries. …

  6. HIV and young people who inject drugs. Technical brief

    This technical brief is one in a series addressing four young key populations. It is intended for policy-makers, donors, service-planners, service-providers and community-led organizations. This brief aims to catalyse and inform discussions about how best to provide health services, programmes and support for young people who inject drugs. …

  7. Schools. School-based education for drug abuse prevention

    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.

  8. Substance use prevention in educational settings in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: a review of policies and practices

    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.

  9. Drugs guidance for schools in Northern Ireland

    It is a statutory requirement for all schools in Northern Ireland to have a drugs policy and publish details in relation to the policy in their prospectus; deliver drugs education to include legal and illegal substances; and inform the Police Service of Northern Ireland if they believe or suspect a pupil to be in possession of a controlled substance. The guidance has been designed to assist schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and review of their drugs policy and to support procedures for the management of suspected drug-related incidents and issues.

  10. Ministry of education policy in drugs and substance abuse

    The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for the prevention, intervention and elimination of the use of illegal drugs and abuse of legal drugs in schools.

  11. Drug prevention programmes in schools: what is the evidence?

    Key messages: Universal drug education programmes in schools have been shown to have an impact on the most common substances used by young people: alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. The approaches which appear to be most effective are those based on social influences and life skills, for example Life Skills Training and Unplugged. Interventions which are not drug-specific but focus on children and young people’s attachment to school can also be effective in reducing substance misuse. The Good Behaviour Game is one example of these. …

  12. Drug education: an entitlement for all a report to government by the advisory group on drug and alcohol education

    Drug And Alcohol Advisory Group – Key Recommendations - Increase parents’ and carers’ knowledge and skills about drug and alcohol education and prevention enabling them to better inform and protect their children; - Improve the quality of drug and alcohol education by making PSHE a statutory subject – to enable schools and colleges to promote well-being effectively, and to improve the quality of training for PSHE teachers; and - Improve identification and support for young people vulnerable to drug misuse in schools, colleges and non-formal settings.

  13. Alcool et tabac: prévention à l’école : un outil pédagogique pour les enseignant-e-s de 5e et 6e primaires, avec des suggestions d’animation

    Cet outil pédagogique s’adresse aux enseignant-e-s du degré primaire qui prennent en charge des classes d’enfants âgés de 10 à 12 ans. Si la mission principale de l’école est de transmettre des savoirs, celle-ci est également consciente qu’il existe un lien étroit entre la santé et l’acquisition de connaissances. L’école est donc attentive à renforcer les compétences telles que l’estime de soi, l’analyse critique, la résistance à la pression du groupe; le climat de l’établissement scolaire et la réussite des élèves en bénéficieront. …

  14. Consumo de substâncias psicoactivas e prevenção em meio escolar

    Com o presente conjunto de textos, a Direcção-Geral de Inovação e de Desenvolvimento Curricular (DGIDC) com o apoio do Grupo de Trabalho de Educação Sexual/Saúde (GTES), nomeado em Junho de 2005 pelo Ministério da Educação, continua o seu objectivo de fornecer aos agrupamentos escolares informações actualizadas sobre os temas definidos como prioritários para a área da Educação para a Saúde. …

  15. Orientaciones para la prevención de adicciones en escuelas de educación primaria: guía para docentes de 4°, 5° y 6°

    La presente Guía para docentes de 4º, 5º y 6º de primaria, junto con la Guía para docentes de 1º, 2º y 3º, y la Guía para fortalecer la gestión escolar con énfasis en prevención, dirigida a los directivos para el trabajo con los colectivos escolares, conforman la serie de materiales denominada: Orientaciones para la Prevención de Adicciones en escuelas de educación primaria. …

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