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What are countries in Europe doing to prevent illicit drug use? These drug 'Prevention profiles' try to answer this question by providing information based on expert appraisal of the level of provision of different prevention interventions in Europe.

The latest update (April 2016) contains additional entries for family based approaches in universal prevention (family to family peer approaches, family or parents meetings and evenings, trainings for family, manualised parenting programmes) and in selective prevention (targeting substance abuse in family, socially disadvantaged parents, family conflict and neglect, criminal justice problems in family, families with mental health problems, ethnic families in marginalisation). These newly added items have been created in a pilot project, which involved a panel of experts from different societal sectors in each country. Therefore the information is not available for all EU countries. We have also added the detailed sub-categories of the Alcohol Control Score (only in the Country-by-country tab).

 

 
 

Prevention profile: France

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Environmental strategies [?]

Tobacco and alcohol policies
OptionScore
Gini inequality index:30.5 (EU-27 average: 30.6)
Tobacco Control Scale:57 (EU average: 46.2)
Alcohol Control Score:95.5 (EU average: 71.2)
Breakdown of Alcohol Control Score
Control of production, retail sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages:15.5
Age limits and personal control:18
Control of drunk driving:14
Control of advertising, marketing and sponsorship of alcoholic beverages:18
Public policy:8
Alcohol taxation and price:22
Level of provision (based on expert ratings) as reported in 2015
OptionScore
School setting
School policies:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:The consumption of licit or illicit drugs within school as well as the dealing or the suspicion of dealing of narcotics within school or in the vicinity are regulated by both the Public Health Code and the Penal Code. The legal provisions regarding these issues and the corresponding sanctions are specified in the school rules.
Total smoking ban in schools:Full provision
Expert's comments:Since the 1st February 2007, smoking is banned in France in any enclosed, covered public areas. This prohibition encompasses not only any public or private schools or any establishments where minors are educated, trained or housed (including opened/uncovered areas, such as school courtyards), but also healthcare establishments, workplaces and public passenger transport as well. In schools, the smoking ban applies to the personel as well as the students, included in the boarding facilities.
Community setting
Development of community plans:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:Community-located prevention refers to the preventive measures carried out in frameworks other than school or occupational settings. In France, it is not as developed as school-based prevention. This kind of prevention response is mainly implemented in leisure-time or sport settings or the classified "sensitive urban areas" (ZUS). In leisure-time or sport settings, actions mostly consist in universal prevention directing either drug or alcohol consumption or doping (which is part of the addictive behaviours covered by the French anti-drug policies). In general, actions are delivered by the socio-educational professionals working in those settings or by specialised drug prevention associations. Selective prevention actions are implemented in priority neighbourhoods defined by the urban policy. The 2,492 priority neighbourhoods including 741 "Sensitive Urban Areas" ("ZUS" in French) that embrace 7.5% of the French population, are defined according to socioeconomic, housing and schooling indicators. In these areas, drug prevention actions consist mainly of outreachwork or counselling. They are delivered by drugs or delinquency prevention associations. The target publics are addressed regardless of any ethnic criteria.
Interagency work at community level:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:At the local level, interagency work is organised through coordination committees related to: - the action plans on drugs and drug addictions, defined by the prefecture in each "d��partement" (county level) - the Local Security Contracts (CLS) focused on prevention of delinquency. - the Urban Contractcs for Social Cohesion (1,290 in 2012, covering 2,500 priority neighbourhoods which are the unique contractual framework for the coherence of all public measures developped in the "sensitive quarters" to favour employment and economical development, better living environment, educative achievements, citizenship and delinquency prevention, health. The two later types of contracts come within the Urban Policy.
Community support, involvement and empowerment systems:No information
Expert's comments:The 2013-2017 National Drug Action Plan enhances the development of social mediation actions towards drug users and the inhabitants of the areas touched the drug related nuisances. This new governmental plan exhorts the local authorities and professionals to commit the inhabitants of these priority quarters (targeted by the Urban Policy) into the activities developed with regard to the drug risk reduction policy.
Training for community groups:No information
Youth centres or youth counselling centres:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:Mainstream Youth counselling centres like the 350 Reception and Counseling Centres for Youth (so-called ���Points Accueil et Ecoute Jeunes" (PAEJ) and the 100 Teenagers' Houses, dedicated to provide youngsters and their relatives with rapid and adapted answers (information, counseling, referral to help services) in respect to adolescence related problems. They are likely to deliver drug preventive approach when needed but there is no monitoring of this kind of activities. Since 2005, a network consisting of more than 400 "Young consumer consultations" (Consultations Jeunes Consommateurs - CLC) has been set up. These entities offer free and anonymous aid and advice to youg drug users and their families.
Mobile teams for young people:No information
Expert's comments:No information
Offer of alternatives to drugs:No information
Expert's comments:No information
Published studies
OptionScore
Number of published studies:0 (EU average: 0)

Universal prevention [?]

MUSTAP programmes in 2015
OptionScore
Number of MUSTAP programmes:0
Main component:
Delivery mode:
Duration (months):
Coverage (pupils per year):
SCHOOLS: Level of provision (based on expert ratings) as reported in 2015
OptionExistence/availability
Beneficial
Personal and social skills:Limited provision
Expert's comments:In order to develop a coherent national policy of school-based prevention on addictive behaviours, the General Directorate of School Education (DGESCO) and the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Drug Addiction (MILDT) have made a guide for school-based prevention providers. It presents a conceptual framework necessary for prevention policy in schools and provides useful paths for the integration or the extension of this approach in relation with teaching activities. In addition, it sets the rules of intervention whether carried out by the teaching staff or by external stakeholders. Additional factsheets furnish prevention providers with relevant information on: - Links with college curricula - Psychoactive substances (nature, effects...) - The actions of drugs on the brain - The geopolitical and epidemiological data - Examples of prevention projects.
Likely to be beneficial
Interventions specifically for girls:No provision
Expert's comments:When school-based prevention actions are delivered to a specific gender, this is most often because this gender is "naturally" overrepresented in the targeted public. This is the case for instance for many vocational education establishments. In this context, the gender-specific approach is more a structural condition than a methodological choice. However, the MILDT reports that a study has recently been launched in order to compare gender-specific addictive behaviours.
Interventions specifically for boys:No provision
Expert's comments:When school-based prevention actions are delivered to a specific gender, this is most often because this gender is "naturally" overrepresented in the targeted public. This is the case for instance for many vocational education establishments. In this context, the gender-specific approach is more a structural condition than a methodological choice. However, the MILDT reports that a study has recently been launched in order to compare gender-specific addictive behaviours.
Tradeoff between benefits and harm
Events for parents:Limited provision
Non-programme-based peer to peer approaches:Limited provision
Expert's comments:Peer to peer prevention approach are encouraged by the new 2013-2017 Drug Action plan.
Unlikely to be beneficial
Creative extracurricular activities:Extensive provision
Testing pupils for drugs:No provision
Expert's comments:Neither collective nor individual drug testing is authorized in schools. Indeed, drug testing is perceived as affecting the human rights and the individual liberty.
Information days about drugs:No provision
Visits of law enforcement agents to schools:Limited provision
Expert's comments:The Police and Gendarmerie agents��� expertise regarding the legal provisions related to licit or illicit drug uses and to trafficking legitimates their contribution to drug prevention actions on these aspects. The interventions for drug prevention or awareness raising carried out by of these specialised agents from the Police or the Gendarmerie do not pose any particular difficulties from the moment that they are clearly identified and act as prevention providers and not as dissuasion agents. Wearing uniform seems positively perceived by target-publics and makes perfectly clear the statute and transparent purpose of these interveners. These agents from both administrations are specially trained to adapt their communication and educational methods to the diverse public they address.
Other external lecturers:Limited provision
Expert's comments:Professionals from the NGO involved in drug or addiction related prevention, from health education committees (e.g. CODES), from specialized treatment centres, as well as other general health professionals (physicians, psychologists, etc) or even experts from drug information (ex: CIRDD, DDASS) are part of the external prevention providers.
Only information on drugs (no social skills etc.):Extensive provision
Expert's comments:Information on addictive behaviours is a compulsory component of the biology curriculum in middle school (9th grade ("3ieme���) ie for pupils aged 14 to 16). Other disciplines include the information on drugs, from specific standpoints: social and civic education, physics and chemistry, French course and sport education. An interdisciplinary approach is recommended by national authorities.
Non programme-based approach:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:Since 2006, prevention of addictive behaviours has been given a new foothold in the basic missions of the French education system through the adoption of the "common core of knowledge and skills��� ("socle commun de connaissances et de comp��tences���), i.e. the set of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that all middle and high schoolers must master by the end of mandatory schooling for their life as future citizens. Two subsets of skills, the ���social skills and civics��� and the ���independence and initiative skills���, refer to individual and social skills which relate to life-skills from which pupils can source when they are offered drugs. Indeed, they aim at developing in pupils not only communication, coping, conflict management skills but also their critical mind and their sense of public-spiritedness, responsibility, solidarity, altruism, etc. However, the definition of common core of knowledge, skills and culture, will be adjusted in accordance with the law of orientation and programming for the rebuilding of the school of the Republic.
FAMILY: Level of provision (based on expert ratings) as reported in 2015
OptionExistence/availability
Family to family peer approaches:No information
Family or parents meetings and evenings:No information
Trainings (intensive and repeated coaching) for family:No information
Manualised parenting programmes:No information
Published studies
OptionScore
Number of published studies:0 (EU average: 0.8)

Selective prevention [?]

Level of provision (based on expert ratings) as reported in 2015
OptionLevel of intervention
Early school leavers:Rare provision
Expert's comments:The 2013-2017 anti-Drug governmental plan, adopted in September 2013, mentions dropout students among the vulnerable groups for whom the development of prevention measures will be encouraged. Pupils with social, academic problems have been also explicitly targeted in the 2013-2017 Government's Youth priority plan ("Plan priorit�� jeunesse") as well as in the 2013-2017 National Plan against poverty and social exclusion ("Plan pluriannuel contre la pauvret�� et l'exclusion sociale"). The issue of early school leavers falls under the Ministry of National Education (a Ministry Delegate for academic achievement has been nominated in may 2012). The fight against school dropout is a major challenge of social cohesion and equity for the education system: ensuring equal opportunities, so that every young person can build his/her future career and successful life in the society, is the missions of the School. The Ministry of Education has set forth objectives in order to halve the number of young people leaving the educational system without qualification by 2017 and to facilitate the return to school of young people who have already dropped out. The mobilization of the entire educational community, in conjunction with local authorities and representatives of the business world, should offer a solution to every dropout students. France is part of the European strategy against dropout, with a aim of not exceeding 9.5% of dropouts aged 18-24 in 2020. Absenteeism is one of the first possible steps towards dropout or psychoactive substance uses. Herein, the fight against absenteeism stands as a priority. The plan for the prevention and fight against absenteeism is based on two principles: - Plurality, ie taking into account the multiplicity of the causes of absenteeism, then involving all relevant stakeholders in the field of education: families, the National Education staff, the associations of popular education (extra school education), Urban policy key players, etc.. - Responsiveness to support parents since measures against absenteeism are only effective if they are immediately implemented. Parenting support or social arrangements from the County administrations (The ���Conseils g��n��raux��� are the decentralised authorities responsible for the Child protection) can be mobilised at the first sign of absenteeism. The new system established to face to persistent lack of attendance, an accompanying process of parents of school-centered institution. The fight against absenteeism and violence is intended to improve the school climate and prevent risk behaviours. The networks for training-qualification-employment (FOQUALE) aim at improving the identification of resources and existing solutions that can be proposed at local level to early school leavers, complementarily to the action of the platforms for the support and follow-up of school leavers, established under the authority of the prefects. The Local Missions for the Youth's vocational and social integration (settled by convention between the State and regional and local authorities, inter alia) assist the youth in their social and vocational integration, especially those who are unskilled. Local Missions may host drug prevention actions but the occurrence of such events is not estimated.
Pupils with social, academic problems:No information
Expert's comments:Pupils with social, academic problems are explicitly targeted in the 2013-2017 Government's Youth priority plan ("Plan priorit�� jeunesse") as well as in the 2013-2017 National Plan against poverty and social exclusion ("Plan pluriannuel contre la pauvret�� et l'exclusion sociale").
Immigrants:Rare provision
Expert's comments:The 2013-2017 anti-Drug governmental plan mentions migrants among the vulnerable groups for whom the development of prevention measures will be encouraged. Some segments of the immigrant population can be more particularly addressed by drug help services when a very specific drug problem is identified. This is the case for instance of the African crack users in the north-east zone of Paris (in the 18th district). Such cases are rare.
Ethnic groups:Rare provision
Expert's comments:The 2013-2017 anti-Drug governmental plan mentions migrants among the vulnerable groups for whom the development of prevention measures will be encouraged. Some segments of the immigrant population can be more particularly addressed by drug help services when a very specific drug problem is identified. This is the case for instance of the African crack users in the north-east zone of Paris (in the 18th district). Such cases are rare.
Homeless young people:No information
Expert's comments:Actually, it is difficult to assess in which settings (home and street vs services or statutory bodies) this public is predominantly addressed. The 2013-2017 anti-Drug governmental plan mentions homeless people as a vulnerable group for whom the development of prevention measures will be encouraged.
Young offenders:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:Adults and minors aged 13 and over arrested have to pay for (up to a maximum of ���450, equivalent to the cost of a class 3 fine) and to attend a compulsory drug awareness-building training session on the dangers of using narcotic substances. The educational goal of these compulsory training sessions is to inform offenders about drugs, their use and misuse, and their dangers as well as the existing drug-related policies and laws and the consequences of violating them.
Young people in care institutions:No information
Young people in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods:Extensive provision
Expert's comments:Actually, it is difficult to assess in which settings (home and street vs services or statutory bodies) this public is predominantly addressed. The 2013-2017 anti-Drug governmental plan aims at intensifying prevention actions towards the Youth in the priority quarters in the scope of the Urban Policy.
Substance abuse in family:Limited provision
Socially disadvantaged parents:Rare provision
Expert's comments:The 2013-2017 Government's Pluriannual plan against poverty and social exclusion ("Plan pluriannuel de lutte contre la pauvret�� et l'exclusion") put the impetus on addiction prevention and treatment directed to socially disavantaged people.
Family conflict and neglect:Rare provision
Criminal justice problems in family:No information
Families with mental health problems:No information
Expert's comments:The 2013-2017 anti-Drug governmental plan supports the diffusion of Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), included for families presenting psychiatric disorders.
Ethnic families in marginalisation:No provision
Published studies
OptionScore
Number of published studies:0 (EU average: 0.6)

List of published studies

Environmental strategies

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Universal prevention

  • Currently no published studies to display

Selective prevention

  • Currently no published studies to display

Indicated prevention

  • Currently no published studies to display

Glossary of terms used

Definitions and further explanations for many of the terms used in the 'prevention profiles' are given below.

Alcohol Control Score (ACS)

The values for the alcohol control score are taken from Lindeman, M., Karlsson, T. & Österberg, E. (2015) 'Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe Reframing Addictions Project', ALICERAP Area 5, Workpackage 14.1. In constructing the scale, the Bridging the Gap(BtG) scale and its weights were used as a starting point. These weights were adjusted and validated by referring to state of the art research on evidence-based practice in the field of alcohol policy to measure the strictness and comprehensiveness of alcohol policies. Maximum 160 points, composed of sub-scores for:

  • control of production, retail sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages (max. 40);
  • age limits and personal control (max. 24);
  • control of drunk driving (max. 24);
  • control of advertising, marketing and sponsorship of alcoholic beverages (max. 24);
  • public policy (max. 8) and;
  • alcohol taxation and price (max. 40).
Beneficial

Beneficial interventions are defined as those interventions for which precise measures of the effects in favour of the treatment were found in the systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Come-structures

The target group is expected to contact existing services by their own initiative: the user comes to the service.

Community support, involvement and empowerment systems

The informal and personal support and reference systems (the 'significant others') of community members: the involvement of family members, mentors, teachers, peers and others respected by the target groups.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Creative extracurricular activities

Activities organised by schools, mainly for the purposes of drug prevention, usually at the school premises, but outside the school syllabus, such as workshops, sports, photography, art, drama, etc. Unlikely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Criminal justice problems in family

Families where parents or offspring have criminal record problems.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Development of community plans

Community plans that include a (drug) prevention strategy.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Early detection mechanisms in school

Early identification mechanisms for intervention in pupils with risk behaviours related to drug use, an initiative where with universal and indicated prevention overlap. Often, universal programmes that address, for instance, school climate and social interactions include techniques to identify vulnerable pupils to be then catered for in more targeted interventions.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Early school leavers

Young people who have left school or are not attending regularly (not necessarily because of drug use).

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Evaluation activity

Evaluation is defined here as the systematic and scientific collection, processing and analysis of data related to the implementation of an intervention, in order to assess whether the objectives of an intervention have been achieved. The evaluation activity is based on entries in the Exchange on Drug Demand Reduction Action (EDDRA) database, an online archive of evaluated interventions in drug demand reduction implemented in EMCDDA member countries. Entries are submitted to the database by focal points within each country.

Evaluation activity score

The evaluation activity score for a given type of prevention is derived from the share of projects entered by a country into EDDRA since 2000 for that type of prevention. Projects in EDDRA are rated by a quality level, which assesses the quality of the intervention evaluation (see the EDDRA quality levels page for more information). The different quality levels of the entries are weighted in the score (1 lowest) to 3 (highest). Therefore the number of prevention interventions in EDDRA is a proxy for the activity level in systematically designing and evaluating interventions in a country's prevention culture, and does not reflect the overall number of existing prevention projects.

Environmental strategies

Environmental strategies are prevention strategies aimed at altering the immediate cultural, social, physical and economic environments in which people make their choices about drug use. This perspective takes into account that individuals do not become involved with substances solely on the basis of personal characteristics but are rather influenced by perceived norms, values and informal rules in their communities. See Environmental strategies for more information.

Ethnic families in marginalisation

Families whose migration background obstructs social integration into local community.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Ethnic groups

Groups that have lived for more than one generation (or much longer) in a country while preserving their own identity, norms, values and language.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Events for parents

Activities for parents organised by schools and usually at the school premises, but outside the school syllabus. Tradeoff between benefits and harm.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Family conflict and neglect

Conflictive or dysfunctional families where neglect might occur.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Families with mental health problems

Families where parents or offspring have mental health, e.g. depression.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Family or parents meetings and evenings

Organization of events for parents or th entire family.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Family to family peer approaches

Family to family peer approaches are techniques aiming to involve families in prevention activities or networks through other families, with a snowbolling effect.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Gini inequality index

The Gini inequality index measures income inequality between the richest decile of a population and the poorest. It ranges from 0 (everyone has the same income) to 100 (one person has all the income) and is a good proxy for social inequality. Most countries range between 25 and 60.

The impact of social inequality on health gained attention with the controversy over Pickett and Wilkinson’s (2010) assertion that problems like substance use, teenage pregnancies, violence etc. are higher in more unequal societies because of the increased competition for status and positional goods affects people’s physiological and physical well-being. A WHO (CSDH, 2008) report and the Marmot Review (2010) for the UK confirmed that inequalities in health including substance use problems are related to social inequality.

We have included the Gini inequality index for three reasons:

  1. Social inequality seems to be a crucial environmental condition that affects people's health choices (including substance use) and is — together with alcohol and tobacco policies — a framework condition that can act against or in support of prevention interventions. Prevention efforts and their overall effects need to be viewed in the context of these determinants.
  2. It puts into plausible context why some more equal societies, e.g. the Scandinavian countries and particularly Finland, focus less on single programmes to curb the emergence of problems but rather rely on social inclusion policies at all relevant levels: family, school, community and society.
  3. More unequal countries might need more sophisticated prevention programmes. There is evidence that such prevention programmes can reduce the effects of social inequality on behavioural outcomes. For instance: some universal programmes  have selectively (differentially) better effects on the more vulnerable, within the children exposed (Ialongo et al. 1999; Kellam et al. 2008); selective family-based programmes are more effective the more vulnerable the families are (Kumpfer et al. 2008; Webster-Stratton 2001); and also indicated programme  can bring the most behaviourally difficult children to better social functioning (see the EMCDDA thematic paper 'Preventing later substance use disorders in at-risk children and adolescents', 2009).
Go-structures

The target group is proactively approached and involved, for example at home or on the street: the service goes to the user.

Homeless young people

Young people who have fled their families or care institutions.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Immigrants

Groups that have recently arrived in a country and may be striving to adapt culturally and economically.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Indicated prevention

Indicated prevention aims to identify individuals who are exhibiting behaviours that are highly correlated with an individual risk of developing substance abuse later in their lives (such as psychiatric disorder, school failure, dissocial behaviour, etc.) or, displaying early signs of problematic substance use, and to target them with special interventions. See Indicated prevention for more information.

Information days about drugs

Organisation of drug information days and activities. Also project weeks, competitions, exhibitions, etc., organised on the theme of drug information. Full days (not just a lesson). Unlikely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Interangency work at community level

Interagency work refers to the formal and institutional networks and support systems within a community. It offers community members a broad and coordinated network system including services for needs of the individual, e.g. social welfare, housing, family mediation etc.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Interventions specifically for boys

Boy-specific risk profiles are considered and/or gender-specific cognitive, developmental and emotional aspects are differentially addressed, often in specific interventions. Likely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Interventions specifically for girls

Girl-specific risk profiles are considered and/or gender-specific cognitive, developmental and emotional aspects are differentially addressed, often in specific interventions. Likely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Likely to be beneficial

Interventions which are likely to be beneifical are interventions that were shown to have limited measures of effect, that are likely to be effective but for which evidence is limited.

Level of provision (based on expert opinion) in reporting year

Level of provision information is based on information provided to the EMCDDA through structured questionnaires from the Reitox national focal point in the country in question. These questionnaires are filled in by an expert, or panel of experts, in each country, submitted to the EMCDDA over the Internet, and the responses form the basis of the 'level of provision' data provided in the prevention profiles. The 'About "prevention profiles"' page provides further information, including access to the structured questionnaires.

Level of provision ratings

For readability purposes, the level of provision (based on expert opinion) ratings may be used in a shortened form in a country's prevention profile. The shortened form and the corresponding full term (as it appeared in the questionnaire are given here). 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Manualised parenting programmes

Programmes that are implemented in a modular structured format with defined contents and respective lessons.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Mobile teams for young people

Prevention teams (but not mobile teams for IDUs, nor outreach teams for high risk groups). They are popular in the Nordic countries.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

MUSTAP programmes

MUSTAP programmes are defined as structured, standardised and multi-session interventions with detailed material and manuals and concrete contents for each lesson.

MUSTAP: Coverage (pupils per year)

The total number of students who participated in the MUSTAP programmes in the reporting year.

MUSTAP: delivery mode

The delivery mode can be:

  • Interactive: More than 50 % of the sessions consist of role play, discussions, group work, etc. Increases effectiveness.
  • Didactic/frontal: Delivery of interventions is through frontal teaching. Reduces effectiveness.
MUSTAP: duration (months)

The mean duration of the programmes in months.

MUSTAP: main component

There are five possible components for MUSTAP programmes:

  • Personal skills: Increase goal setting, coping (deal with hardship), motivation and decision making (identifying problems, creating solutions and making choices among alternatives).
  • Social skills: Increase assertiveness, communication skills (listening, flirting, making compliments), empathy and expression of feelings and sometimes to resist peer pressure.
  • Normative beliefs: Correct the very widespread belief of young people that drug consumption among their peers is normal, accepted and frequent. An effective component.
  • Affective education: Aim to increase self-esteem by developing individual feelings of self-worth and value. Students are taught to accept and play down failings and difficulties. Self-labelling of failure is discouraged. No proof of effectiveness.
  • Information provision : Provide information about drugs, their effects and dangers. No proof of effectiveness when delivered alone.
Number of MUSTAP programmes

Total number of MUSTAP programmes implemented in the reporting year.

Number of published studies

The number of published studies is defined as the total number of studies evaluating interventions relating to this type of prevention within the country, published in scientific journals, (mostly) as reported through the Reitox network in the previous 2 years.

Offer of alternatives to drugs

The involvement of 'participants' in sport, outdoor pursuits, creative writing, photography, art, etc.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Other external lecturers

E.g. ex-users, experts, physicians providing information about drugs and their risks. Unlikely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Non programme-based approach:

This approach is in contrast to a programme-based approach in that there is no specific programme or module in the syllabus dealing with prevention. Instead, teachers freely deliver, prevention-related content on an ad hoc or as-needed basis, so that prevention material is spread over different school activities and disciplines. It is often referred to as an 'holistic' or 'ecological' approach. Its scope is much broader than providing just information on drugs as it might also include norms, social competences etc.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Non-programme-based peer to peer approaches

Peer leaders (often popular pupils) are trained to deliver prevention related content or messages to other pupils. Tradeoff between benefits and harm.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Only information on drugs (no social skills etc.)

Only the provision of information on drugs (risks associated with drug use, facts, etc.) is included within school curricula or various school subjects. There is no component aimed at developing personal and social skills for example, (e.g through role playing exercises, or by open discussion in the classroom). Unlikely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Personal and social skills

Personal and/or social skills training (outside standardised programmes) as a specific intervention method (tools, manuals, trainings). Personal skills include: increase goal setting, coping (deal with hardship), motivation and decision making (identifying problems, creating solutions and making choices among alternatives). Social skills include: Increase assertiveness, communication skills (listening, flirting, making compliments), empathy and expression of feelings and sometimes to resist peer pressure. Beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Pupils with social, academic problems

Young people deemed at risk of abandoning school because of low achievement, lack of support from home or other social problems.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

School policies

Norms and agreements regarding illicit drug consumption in a given school, e.g. how to deal with pupils using, or dealing, illegal drugs.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Selective prevention

Selective prevention specifically addresses the vulnerability of specific sub-populations whose risk of a disorder is significantly higher than average. Often this higher vulnerability to problem drug use stems from social exclusion, e.g. for young offenders, school drop-outs, or students, who are failing academically. See Selective prevention for more information.

Substance abuse in family

Families, where parents or siblings have substance abuse problems (including alcohol).

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Socially disadvantaged parents

Families with low socio-economic level including unemployment.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Tobacco and alcohol policies

The Tobacco Control Scale and the Alcohol Control Score indicate to which extent the availability, normality and 'acceptability' of tobacco and alcohol are addressed in countries' policies.

Testing pupils for drugs

Pupils can be tested for drugs in school premises. Unlikely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Tobacco Control Scale (TCS)

The Tobacco Control Scale is a scale designed to quantify the implementation of tobacco control policies at country level. Maximum 100 points, composed of sub-scores for:

  • price of cigarettes and other tobacco products (max. 30);
  • smoke free work and other public places (max. 22);
  • spending on public information campaigns (max. 15);
  • comprehensive bans on advertising and promotion (max. 13);
  • large direct health warning labels (max. 10) and;
  • treatment to help dependent smokers stop (max. 10).

For more information see Joossens, L. and Raw M., (2014), 'The Tobacco Control Scale 2013 in Europe' (external link)

Total smoking ban in schools

Smoking is forbidden in the entire school premises, both for pupils and teachers.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Tradeoff between benefits and harms

Tradeoff between benefits and harms refers to interventions that obtained measures of effects but that have limitations and/or adverse effects and which therefore need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis before implementing them.

Training for community groups

Training in prevention and empowerment for existing groups within communities.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Trainings (intensive and repeated coaching) for family

Organization of specific training activities with family. It includes coaching sessions.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Universal prevention

Universal prevention strategies address the entire population (national, local community, school, neighbourhood) with messages and programmes aimed at preventing or delaying the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. See Universal prevention for more information.

Unlikely to be beneficial

Interventions ared defined as 'unlikely to be beneficial' when there are not enough studies or where available studies are of low quality.

Visits of law enforcement agents to schools

In some Member States, police have a role in schools, which can be anything from carrying out prevention interventions to strengthening the law and rules. Often they provide information about drugs. Unlikely to be beneficial.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Young people in care institutions

Young people who are in state institutions like e.g. shelter houses, orphanages, etc., but not prisons or other incarceration facilities.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Young offenders

Young people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system, mainly because of possession of illegal drugs.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Youth centres or youth counselling centres

A youth centre is a dedicated premises within a community, offering a drop-in facility for youth. Youth centres may include sports and other recreational facilities as well as advice and counselling services.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.

Young people in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Young people in neighbourhoods with higher use and availability of substances, delinquency and a poor housing, socio-economic and demographic situation.

Level of provision information provided here is based on the opinion of an expert (or panel of experts) in each country. Key for ratings (key and corresponding response in questionnaire): 'None or 'No provision: 'doesn't exist'; Rare provision: 'exists in just a few relevant locations'; Limited provision: 'exists in more than a few relevant locations (but not in a majority of them)'; Extensive provision: 'exists in a majority of relevant location (but not in nearly all of them)'; Full provision: 'exists in nearly all relevant locations'.


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