– Exposing students to drug knowledge, how it is created, and its effects on the body system through disciplines like chemistry, biology, and science would provide them with more exposure.
– Awareness of medical problems linked to drug usage, such as AIDS, as well as psychological disorders such as bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.
– Field visits and phenomenological experience.
– Learning about drug users’ hardships and the drug use cycle
– Using interactive learning styles incorporating experiments related to the chemical behavior of various drugs in the body
– Drug misuse prevention messages may be delivered to students through theatre, music performances, and game applications.
– Mentoring with health professionals who work with drug abuse patients, as well as chatting with former drug users to gain advice on how to stay away from drugs.
– Helping out at rehab centers or volunteering in community activities with rehab patients.
– Using healthy practices such as exercise, meditation, breathing techniques, a balanced diet, and effective time management to teach stress management.
– Assertiveness skills would push them to think independently and logically in solving their challenges.
– Importance of developing self-confidence and the belief that the option they made after careful consideration was the right one.
– Teachers may teach kids problem-solving skills, how to choose the correct friends, how to detect different forms of drugs and the dangers of using drugs.
– Parents should allocate time to attend counselling sessions between the school counsellor and the kid in order to better monitor their children’s growth.
– Society should play a bigger role in drug prevention by making sure that knowledge about prevention techniques is widely disseminated throughout their communities.
– Enlarge the scope of teaching to cover additional health and social issues linked to drug usage, such as domestic violence.
– In addition to traditional display exhibitions and talks, advancements in technology and be made available to the public through social media.
Caring School Community Program (Formerly, Child Development Project)
– The program focuses on strengthening students’ “sense of community,” or connection, to school.
Classroom-Centered (CC) and Family-School Partnership (FSP) Intervention
– Program strategies include classroom management and organizational strategies, reading and mathematics curriculum, and parent-teacher communication.
Life Skills Training (LST) Program
– Designed to address a wide range of risk and protective factors by teaching general personal and social skills, along with drug resistance skills and education.
Webinar: Prevention of Drug Use and other Risky Behaviors in Youth: Data-Based Planning for Effective Prevention (2021)
Describe the public health approach to addressing public health problems such as youth substance use.
Describe the role of epidemiological data in the planning, implementation and evaluation of substance use prevention in youth.
Webinar: How to Make Your Teaching Matter: Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies for Addiction Professionals (2021)
Webinar: Creating College/University Standards in Substance Use Disorder Education (2020) – NAADAC’s work to create higher education standards in substance use education