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Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Ireland: national report for 2016 - prevention. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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Prevention of problem drug use is one of five pillars in the National Drugs Strategy (interim) 2009–2016 (Department of Community 2009). The stated objectives of the Prevention pillar are to:

  • develop a greater understanding of the dangers of problem drug/alcohol use among the general population
  • promote healthier lifestyle choices among society generally, and
  • prioritise prevention interventions for those in communities who are at particular risk of problem drug/alcohol use.The strategy set out to develop a framework for prevention activity structured around universal, selective and targeted prevention interventions. Young people and their families are the main target groups for drug prevention activities, which consist mainly of universal and selective prevention, with much less of a focus on targeted prevention.

While environmental prevention interventions are not specifically identified in the national strategy, relevant activities include alcohol and tobacco control policies and legislation.

 

The drugs.ie website targets the general population and contains information on the risks and consequences of misusing alcohol and drugs. It also contains a recently improved directory of services and support mechanisms that includes a range of prevention interventions.

 

Universal prevention interventions in primary and post-primary schools are delivered through the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme. SPHE aims to help students understand the social influences that impact on decision-making and helps them to develop life skills to improve their self-esteem, develop resilience, and build meaningful and trusting relationships. The quality of SPHE programme delivery is regularly assessed through school inspections, which involve observations of lessons, reviews of lesson materials, self-evaluations by teachers and surveys among students.

In the community, prevention programmes are delivered in various settings, such as youth clubs and youth cafés, and by means of diversion activities provided by the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

There is ongoing support for programmes that target those who have left school early or are at risk of doing so.

 

Families are targeted through a range of initiatives, including the Strengthening Families Programme and Functional Family Therapy.

Date:2017
Pages:26 p.
Publisher:Health Research Board
Corporate Creators:Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking) > Tobacco smoke (cigarette law / policy)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Universal prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Targeted prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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