Educational or Curriculum

EU-Dap study (European Drug Abuse Prevention trial).

Initiative Description: The curriculum is based on a comprehensive social-influence approach, incorporating components of critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, creative thinking, effective communication, interpersonal relationship skills, self-awareness, empathy, coping with emotions and stress, normative belief, and knowledge about the harmful health effects of drugs. The curriculum consists of 12 one-hour units taught once a week by class teachers who previously attended a 2.5-day training course.

Study Results: Decreased tobacco and cannabis use.

Reference: Faggiano, F., Galanti, M. R., Bohrn, K., Burkhart, G., Vigna-Taglianti, F., Cuomo, L., … & Wiborg, G. (2008). The effectiveness of a school-based substance abuse prevention program: EU-Dap cluster randomised controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 47(5), 537 543.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good