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Effects of Drug Abuse Prevention at School: The "Healthy School and Drugs" Project

NCJ Number
Addiction Volume: 97 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2002 Pages: 67-73
Pim Cuijpers; Ruud Jonkers; Inge de Weerdt; Anco de Jong
Date Published
January 2002
7 pages
This article presents a 3 year comparison of drug use prevention rates between schools involved in the "Healthy School Project" and schools not utilizing the project.
The authors studied the efficacy of the Dutch "Healthy Schools Project." The basic characteristics of school-based drug prevention program and the basic generality of the approach of such programs is discussed. The usage of the "Healthy Schools Project" and the program components are also presented. The project has five main components which are adopted over a 3 year period. Study data was collected from 12 schools, 9 "Health Schools Project" schools and 3 schools that utilized another school-based drug use intervention model. Students involved in the project were between 12 and 15 years old. Study data was reviewed for impact on alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use and attitudes of students towards those substances. The data indicate that the "Healthy Schools Project" may decrease drug use, especially with respect to alcohol. 3 tables, 17 references