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Unplugged: European Union Drug Abuse Prevention (EU-DAP)

Quality level: 2


The Unplugged program is school-based prevention program which target young people aged 12-14 years and their parents. It is based on a life skills education and social influences approach. The program goals are: Increased health related awareness and knowledge of social influences; delayed onset of drug use; improved knowledge, attitudes and skills concerning health behaviors and drug use; reduction in the use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis and a reduction in the likelihood of future drug abuse.

Type of intervention:
Type of approach:
Target group:
family/parents, children/young people
Age group:
min. 12; max.14 years old pupils
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Start date:
End date:

Overall objective

Delayed onset of drug use and reduce initiation.


The Unplugged program is based on a life skills education and social influences approach to promote positive health behavior, generally, and substance abuse prevention specifically. Program evaluation in other countries/regions of Europe showed effective outcomes in the delay of the onset of drug use and a reduction in the use of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis among the age groups involved (see www.eudap.net). The program includes students and parents arm. Pupils arm consists of 12 one-hour units delivered weekly by teachers at the participating schools. The curriculum consists of three parts: the first aims to improve knowledge of risks and protective factors, as well as to build attitudes against substance use; the second focuses on interpersonal skills, beliefs, norms and realistic information about prevalence; the third aims to develop intrapersonal skills, such as coping competences, problem solving/decision making and goal setting. Parent arm includes three two-hour meeting on the following topics: (1) Understanding better the teenagers , (2) Parenting a teenager means growing up together, (3) A good relationship with my child also means setting up rules and limits. The program includes 3 day education/training of teachers and social pedagogues who deliver the program in schools, as well as supervision.

The PDF contains the full intervention description including additional contact information.


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