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NCJ Number: 228077 Find in a Library
Title: Review of Drug Prevention System Development in Romania and Its Impact on Youth Drug Consumption Trends, 1995-2005
Journal: Drug and Alcohol Review  Volume:28  Issue:4  Dated:July 2009  Pages:419-425
Author(s): Csaba L. Degi
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This article briefly reviews the development and implementation of a drug prevention system in Romania, and the impact of drug abuse and use trends from 1995 to 2005.
Abstract: Drug use, abuse prevalence, and trends in Romania are strongly associated with drug policy and drug prevention system development. Studies have shown that since 1995, drug use among adolescents increased almost four times in less than 4 years. Experimental and recreational drug use among teenagers decreased slightly in Romania from 2000 to 2002. In attempts to address the problem, drug policy and drug prevention implementation in Romania has been at a poor level of development. The primary drug prevention programs that were developed and implemented by governmental agencies were concentrated in urban areas and were short-term. Romania’s primary drug prevention strategies aimed at reducing drug demand are in place, but without indispensable, standard evaluation procedures, only suggested impact can be made on the impact on urban youth. With Romania continuing to be a drug transit country, it is stressed that without evidence-based, up-to-date national and regional drug policies, the risk for drug use and abuse could rise even higher. It is recommended that more long-term, user-focused, demand-centered prevention activities be carried out in more and more diversified settings and evaluations should be thoroughly considered. Figures, tables, and references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Drug business; Drug laws; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment programs; Drug use; Romania
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