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Primary Prevention Programme Against Substance Use In The Local Community

Quality level: 1


The programme implements various community activities that reduce and prevent drug misuse.

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Type of approach:
training for professionals, community involvement
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Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
process evaluation
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Overall objective

The general objective of the programme is the networking of the Prevention Centre with the local community and the establishment of support and collaboration with community members. By providing training to members of the Social Intervention Centre as well as to other volunteers from the local community, "nuclei" of primary prevention will be developed, which are expected to be multiplied and thus to further promote and support the Prevention Centre's and other agencies' activities, as well as to organize prevention activities of their own.


Based on research studies that were carried out in 1991 and in 1993 at the Municipality of Zografou, the following data have arisen: The estimated population of Zografou is 120,000 inhabitants and the educational level appears to be high (1 out of 3 has a university degree). Population mobility (internal migration) and the influx of new (university) students in the region lends "crisis" characteristics to the area. This crisis constitutes a possible etiological factor for the initiation and the increase of drug use. The Municipality of Zografou, in consideration of the above data, took action by implementing in 1997 the primary prevention programme against drugs. The ultimate goal of the programme is the development of values, attitudes and behaviours aiming at the protection and the improvement of the individuals' health within the school community. Emphasis is initially given on students' parents and teachers. The sub-goals involve: - the reinforcement of a positive self-image, - the development of interpersonal relatio nships and communication skills, - the reinforcement of the teachers' role. The theoretical model of the programme is the psychosocial one, while the health promotion approach is also used. Students are the final target-group of the programme, and parents and teachers are the intermediate ones. The educational materials that are used are: a) the "Communication within the family" addressing parents, and b) the "Standing on my own two feet" addressing teachers and students. Teaching methods include the didactic and the experiential learning methods. The final evaluation results of the programme, after the three years of its implementation, show the following: - 24% of the parents stated that the programme assisted them in their self-improvement and in their personal development, - 56% of the parents mentioned that communication within the family was improved.

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