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Views regarding action on drugs

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The views that communities hold on the effectiveness of various approach to prevention of drug use is an important component of the effectiveness of campaigns. The instrument below seeks to identify the attitudes and beliefs that people hold regarding such actions.
Relevant Studies
Views of the general public on drugs education
Leitner, M., Shapland, J., & Wiles, P. (1993). Drug usage and drugs prevention: The views of the general public. London: HMSO.

This study was carried out in four major cities in the UK, based on interviews with 5,000 people. Two different samples were drawn in each city, so the report is able to discuss in detail the views and habits of both average members of the public as well as individuals who are considered at risk of drug usage. Among the topics examined are the kinds of people who use drugs, the frequency with which they are used, the public views on different methods of drugs control including drugs education.

Knowing and experiencing drug use and drug users
Wright, J.D., & Pearl, L. (1995). Knowledge and experience of young people regarding drug misuse, 1969-94. British Medical Journal, 310, 20-24.

This study is of relevance to the sources and nature of young people's knowledge about drugs. The purpose of this study was to monitor young people's knowledge and experience of illicit drugs between 1969 and 1994 at intervals of five years, in three English secondary schools. The results indicated that the proportion who knew someone taking drugs more than quadrupled from 15% to 65% and the proportion who had been offered drugs increased from 5% to 45%. With regard to naming of drugs, the proportion who mentioned ecstasy, amphetamines and crack cocaine increased while the proportion who mentioned opiates decreased significantly. To feel big, to show off, and similar reasons have remained the main perceived reason for taking drugs. Television has continued to be the main source of information about drugs.


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