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NCJ Number: 161435 Find in a Library
Title: Amphetamine-Misusing Groups: A Feasibility Study of the Use of Peer Group Leaders for Drug Prevention Work among their Associates, Paper 3
Author(s): H Klee; P Reid
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 64
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-357-9
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This is a feasibility study of the use of peer group leaders for drug prevention work among their associates.
Abstract: Findings of this study indicate that peer interventions among amphetamine abusers may be successful in deterring the use of heroin, or the transition to injecting, but are much less likely to be effective as a means of primary prevention. The report discusses characteristics of amphetamine misusers and factors to be considered when developing possible prevention approaches. Issues critical to the successful selection of peer leaders for drug prevention include: (1) credibility; (2) understanding of the motives of others in their use of drugs; (3) concern for the welfare of associates; (4) an interpersonal style that avoids preaching; and (5) relevant experience of drug use but no current involvement. Successful peer interventions must take into account the type of drug involved and specific pressures on different risk groups to use different kinds of drugs, or to make transitions to more hazardous stages of misuse. It is important to identify the precise end goals of prevention, and policymakers should address problems of control, monitoring, and reliability when choosing recruits. In addition, they should be aware of the ethical issues involved when considering drug users or ex-users as prevention workers since this may result in their reabsorption into the drug subculture and induce relapse. References, appendixes
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Guided group interaction; Heroin; Peer influences on behavior; Program design; Treatment intervention model
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