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The Healthy School And Drugs

Quality level: 2

Summary

The Healthy School And Drugs implements an effective school health policy for drug prevention in secondary schools.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
universal
Setting:
school
Type of approach:
Target group:
children/young people
Age group:
11-18
Annual coverage:
900000
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, ecstasy
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Netherlands
Start date:
01/08/1990
End date:
01/09/2002

Overall objective

To implement an effective school health policy for drugs at secondary schools

Abstract

Taking risks belongs to the development of young people. Experimental substance use is part of the lives of secondary school students. School-based prevention is most suitable to reach young people and prepare them for choices to be made regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol or cannabis, and other health related substances or activities. Objective is to enable pupils to recognize the risks of substance use or gambling, and to behave responsibly to their own health and that of others. The five major elements of activity are: the formation of a coordination committee at school; special lessons; parents' participation; counselling; and school rules. A three year follow-up showed some effects of this programme. Though in general the (experimental) use of substances increased, this increase was less striking in the programme group than in the control group.

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