Book Chapter

Taking a skills focused, harm reduction approach to school drug education

R Midford, H Cahill

Health and Education Interdependence: Thriving from Birth to Adulthood | Published : 2020

Abstract

While school drug education can be traced back to the temperance movement, the beginning of a scientific approach occurred in the 1960s, as a response to rising drug use by young people. Providing drug education in schools was seen as an important prevention strategy, on the assumption that teaching the dangers associated with use would increase abstinence. These early, information-based programs did not, however, change behaviour. The content of contemporary programs is mostly based on the social influence model, and the best achieve a small reduction in uptake. This begs the question as to practical benefit. Most young people are exposed to choices about drug use, and in the case of some d..

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