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NCJ Number: 119688 Find in a Library
Title: Preventive and Treatment Measures to Reduce Drug Abuse: Summary of Responses to a Survey of National Programmes
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July-September 1983)  Pages:33-40
Corporate Author: United Nations Secretariat
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article summarizes the salient points extracted from the responses of 67 Governments to a survey of national drug abuse prevention and treatment programmes.
Abstract: Results of the survey indicated that heavy reliance was placed on control and drug law enforcement to reduce the availability of illicit drugs. Some concern was expressed over the possibility that drug information or education that was not carefully conceived or directed at specific targets might encourage experimentation. There was little in-depth evaluation of the effectiveness of either preventive or treatment measures that had been undertaken, but an essential feature of successful preventive and treatment work was the involvement of voluntary organizations, families, communities, and groups of "high-risk" youth. A few responses indicated that the maintenance of heroin or other opiate addicts had been successful in reducing drug related crime and other undesirable behavior. Preventive education was most effective when presented within the context of health education and similar studies within the curriculum of schools and universities, and school programs were more effective when they involved communities. Shortages of trained staff and other resources were frequently mentioned as inhibiting factors. However, a considerable effort had been made to train medical personnel and those likely to come into professional contact with persons at risk. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural comparisons; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment programs
Note: Special issue on measures to prevent and reduce drug abuse.
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