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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Online policy and practice briefings: Schools and colleges.

External website: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/best-practice/briefing...

Adolescence and young adulthood are periods of risk-taking and experimentation that often includes substance use. Schools and colleges are important settings in which to reach young people, although some vulnerable groups may not be well-represented within them.

In schools the focus is mainly on preventing or delaying the initiation of substance use and on the development of skills to support healthy decision-making.

Poor school attenders, frequent truants or young people with behavioural problems, such as poor impulse control, are at increased risk of developing problematic forms of substance use. This makes schools an important setting for early identification of at-risk individuals.

The greater independence of young people attending colleges and the tendency to increased alcohol and drug use in this age group make colleges an important setting for harm reduction and for referral of those developing problems to specialist services.

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