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

URL: 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.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction, Education and training
Source:EMCDDA
Date:October 2017
Publisher:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Lisbon
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > School based prevention
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > School context
N Communication, information and education > Education and training > Educational institution > School
N Communication, information and education > Education and training > Educational institution > Higher education institution (college / university)
N Communication, information and education > Educational environment (school / college) > Substance use in the educational environment > School substance use policy
T Demographic characteristics > Student (secondary level)
T Demographic characteristics > Student (primary level)
T Demographic characteristics > Undergraduate or graduate student
VA Geographic area > Europe

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