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STUDY 2005 PDF file 102Kb
School programme successfully revised to focus more on harm reduction

Rare for an early adolescence school programme to focus on harm reduction, and very rare in the USA. In the face of patchy outcomes, Project ALERT took that route and found the intended improvements in smoking and drinking risk reductions.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Substance use outcomes 5½ years past baseline for partnership-based, family-school preventive interventions

Two of the most widely recommended US school and family prevention programmes retarded growth in some forms of substance use, especially among youngsters who had already used by their early teens, but there are some methodological concerns over the findings.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 104Kb
Drug prevention best done by school's own teachers not outside specialists

An evaluation of the US All Stars programme for early secondary school provided a rare opportunity to test whether drug prevention is best done by outside specialists or a school's own teachers; the teachers won out, despite needing less training.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Blueprint drugs education: the response of pupils and parents to the programme

In the British context, it was expected to decide whether an evidence-based, well structured and well resourced drug education programme could contribute to reducing youth substance use, yet the multi-million pound Blueprint study never got near fulfilling its promise.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Evaluating mediators of the impact of the Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) multimodal preventive intervention on substance use initiation

Again an early schools programme which does not mention substance use at all but focuses on overall child development has later impacts on substance use (plus other benefits) as great as targeted drug education is typically able to produce.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 139Kb
Harm reduction lessons on smoking improve on abstinence-based skills education

Despite the comparator being an innovative skills-based curriculum, half as many pupils in 30 Australian secondary schools became regular smokers if instead the lessons had been based on harm reduction principles.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 114Kb
Harm reduction education successfully extended to illegal drugs

A small sample of Canadian schools generally endorsed the appropriateness of harm reduction education for older teenagers, and in the two which implemented the programme, substance use and related damage and risk were curbed compared to other local schools.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
A meta-analytic review of school-based prevention for cannabis use

Taking in studies up to the end of 2007, this synthesis of research concludes that secondary school cannabis prevention lessons are most effective when delivered by outside experts who teach in an interactive manner and deliver comprehensive content which goes beyond resisting peer and other social influences.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
The effectiveness of a school-based substance abuse prevention program: 18-month follow-up of the EU-Dap cluster randomized controlled trial

The largest European drug education trial ever conducted tested whether US-style social influence programmes would prove effective in Europe. There were probably some real successes, but these were limited and may have been artefacts of the implementation and analysis of the study.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Effects of a school-based prevention program on European adolescents' patterns of alcohol use

The largest European drug education trial ever conducted tested whether US-style social influence programmes would prove effective in Europe. Among the successes were the reductions in problem drinking documented in this report.


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