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2010 English national drug strategy: "A fundamental difference [from] those that have gone before is that instead of focusing primarily on reducing the harms caused by drug misuse, [we will] go much further and offer every support for people to choose recovery as an achievable way out of dependency."
STUDY 1999 PDF file 238Kb
Mixed results from UK pilot of US's most popular prevention programme
An evaluation of the police-led DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum delivered to 10–11-year-old pupils found disappointing improvements in resistance skills but greater awareness of alcohol and tobacco as drugs.
REVIEW 1999 PDF file 342Kb
Teaching in the tender years
British review of primary school drug education concludes that long-term, intensive, interactive programmes involving parents and the wider community can have a worthwhile impact on later drug use.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 391Kb
Prevention is a two-way process
In a series of renowned meta-analyses, Nancy Tobler integrated research on over 100 school prevention programmes: key message for educators, make it a dialogue, not a lecture. Here she gives an accessible, practice-oriented account of her findings.
LETTER 2001 PDF file 173Kb
DARE studies out of date and evaluate just one third of the programme
DARE (UK) Chief Executive expresses disappointment at the comment in Findings issue 5 that "Dominant among the non-interactive programmes [Nancy Tobler] helped expose as preventive failures is DARE".
STUDY 2003 PDF file 151Kb
Drug education: inspections show that tick box returns are no guarantee of quality
On-the-ground inspections in England and Scotland reveal that impressive returns to national monitoring systems can obscure poor quality practice in schools; lack of interactivity in teaching methods is a major gap.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 152Kb
Early teaching boost pays off six years later
Over six years later, children from poor US black families were far less likely to have tried heroin or cocaine after receiving an educational boost in their first year at primary school.
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 2003 HTM file
Substances, adolescence (meta-analysis)
The most influential finding in drug education research – that interactive teaching methods have the greatest prevention impact – was confirmed by the featured report but later questioned by unpublished analyses using better statistical methods, an episode which has left concern and uncertainty in its wake.
REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Universal school-based prevention programs for alcohol misuse in young people
This authoritative review says that school programmes which work best at preventing youth drinking problems are not specifically about alcohol at all, but instead target problem behaviour more generally.
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