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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2008) Thematic paper on indicated prevention. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

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This review on indicated prevention adds to the current knowledge and understanding of risk factors in the development of later drug problems and dependence, focusing on the mental health and behavioural problems that develop during childhood.

Indicated prevention is a relatively new branch of drug prevention and can be seen as the third part of the ‘prevention chain’, after universal and selective prevention. Its aim is not necessarily to prevent drug use or initiation to it, but rather to prevent the development of dependence, diminish frequency of use and avert ‘dangerous’ patterns of substance use (e.g. moderate instead of binge-drinking).

Table of contents
• Principles of indicated prevention
• Risk and protective factors in the development of substance use and substance use disorder
• Guidelines and standards for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric risk conditions for adolescent substance abuse
• Strategies and programmes in indicated prevention
• Ethical issues
• Conclusions and recommendations


Date:2008
Pages:88 p.
Publisher:Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
ISBN:1725-5767
Edition:EMCDDA Thematic Paper Series
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Targeted prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention
VA Geographic area > Europe > European Union
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention

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