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You want to know how well your prevention program is working? We can almost tell you

Prevention Action have an article looking at showing effectiveness in prevention:
In tough economic times there is always a push to do more with less. Evidence-based programs need to be careful about cutting corners in how they deliver their services when they are expanded in the community. If they don’t stay true to their original model, they may not be able to deliver the benefits either


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Research in Brief

Youth Clubs Strengthen Kids’ Self Image to Keep Them out of Trouble  
Science Daily and EurekAlert! carry this story.  The research, carried out in Utah, interviewed over 300 young people between the ages of 9 and 16 and included questions about drug and alcohol use.  The researchers say:
"We’re finding that daily attendance isn’t as important as whether the kids feel

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Pathways to Prevention

Click on the image above to read an article I’ve written for Public Service Review wearing my Mentor hat.

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Research in Brief

Project ALERT’s Effects on Adolescents’ Prodrug Beliefs: A Replication and Extension Study
My thanks to Mike for sending through this paper which takes a look at what difference Project ALERT has on young people’s beliefs about drug use.
The researchers were looking to see whether the programme had an effect on:
adolescents’ intentions to use substances in the

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Underage Drinking Prevention Begins with a Conversation

The latest SAMHSA newsletter asks:
When do kids start thinking about alcohol? In eighth grade [between thirteen and fourteen years old]? “Not my son,” says a parent in one of the new public service announcements (PSAs) from SAMHSA and the Ad Council. In the PSA, the parent is talking about a lifesize mannequin. The message? “Real kids are curious about alcohol"
Looking at

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Important information on the primary curriculum

Via email:
Dear colleague
As you are aware the previous government accepted recommendations put forward by Sir Jim Rose to implement a new primary curriculum from September 2011. I’m sure you will also be aware that Department for Education (DfE) ministers announced on Monday that the new government doesn’t intend to proceed with the proposed new primary curriculum.
DfE ministers feel that

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Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects

The EU have a new website, RAYPRO (Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects), about which they say:
The on-line database RAYPRO, a Resource on Alcohol and Youth Projects, enables to share information on projects and activities to reduce alcohol-related harm among children and young people, and promotes good practice based on sound evaluation of effectiveness.
The database includes sections that

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The Role of Science in Drug Policy

On the day that David Willetts moves to allow scientific advisers to hold different views on policy to government, Kathy Gyngell uses her blog to look at the value of scientific thinking and it’s limits.
Of interest to this audience is the case Kathy makes around focusing more around brain science. 
She says about the work of Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology at Harvard

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Primary Curriculum to be Scrapped

The primary curriculum developed by Sir Jim Rose for the last government is to be scrapped before it is even implemented.
The Guardian report: 
The new primary curriculum, which was due to start in September next year, would have split primary teaching into six new "areas of learning", with information and communication technology (ICT) a core skill. Stopping it, and cutting

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Mentor Foundation Seminar

Mentor International has uploaded a set of presentations from a seminar they held last month in Washington.
These include:

Challenges for Application of Effective Prevention
Eve Reider, Deputy Branch Chief, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, NIDA
The Way Forward for Drug Abuse Prevention
Elizabeth Robertson, Chief of the Prevention Research

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This blog tries to pick up relevant media and research stories about drug education. It mainly focuses on information in England as this is the geographical remit for the Drug Education Forum. We welcome comments that are on topic.

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