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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2011) EMCDDA manuals no 7. European drug prevention quality standards. A manual for prevention professionals. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

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The common view of drug prevention, particularly in lay audiences, is that it consists of informing (generally warning) young people about the effects (most commonly the dangers) of drug use. Prevention is then often equated with (mass media)campaigns. However, there is currently no evidence to suggest that the sole provision of information on drug effects has an impact on drug use behaviour, or that mass media campaigns are cost-effective. In reality, the challenge of prevention lies in helping young people to adjust their behaviour, capacities, and wellbeing in fields of multiple influences such as social norms, interaction with peers, living conditions, and their own personality traits. This view is also reflected in current prevention approaches. To provide a simplified overview, environmental prevention strategies target social norms, universal prevention targets skills development and interaction with peers and social life, selective prevention focuses on living and social conditions, and indicated prevention facilitates dealing and coping with individual personality traits and psychopathology.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline, Manual
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, Education and training
Source:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Date:2011
Publisher:Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Quality standards
N Communication, information and education > Recommendations or guidelines > Practice / clinical guidelines
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
VA Geographic area > Europe

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