Position paper of the European Society for Prevention Research on the role of law enforcement in prevention

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) have an important role in preventing crime and problems related to substance use. They can help create safer environments, like nightlife areas and schools, by enforcing the law and working to improve the safety of these areas. LEOs should also work with other prevention professionals to give young people the skills they need to make good decisions and assure safe and nurturing spaces for their development. This Position Paper by the EUSPR and the EU-funded project Frontline-POLITEIA discusses the do’s and don’ts for law enforcement officers (LEO) when they engage in the prevention of harmful behaviours.

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Programme of the 2022 Conference

EUSPR 2022 Conference Programme

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Position paper of the European Society for Prevention Research on the Icelandic model

European prevention researchers critical about hype on the Icelandic model for youth alcohol use reduction

Prevention decisionmakers, influencers and policymakers are enthusiastic about the alcohol and other drug use reduction strategy showing high success rates for youth in communities in Iceland. The Icelandic model has been broadly and commercially marketed and disseminated. Although it is a promising model, The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) does not recommend to copy-paste, but to use it wisely, just like other scarce prevention resources. You cannot implant this model in communities that do not have Iceland’s particular and specific characteristics. And, you have to be cautious with broad and commercial dissemination of a model tested in one single country. 

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Position of the European Society for Prevention Research on ineffective and potentially harmful approaches in substance use prevention

Prevention methods using shock tactics are proven to be ineffective. Nevertheless, strategies based on predominantly providing information about the dangers of substance use are widespread in Europe. The European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) is concerned about those so-called prevention strategies. It calls on decisionmakers, influencers and policymakers to use scientific proof of effectiveness as a criterion for exposing our youth to prevention methods and not to spend public money on rather commercial offers, since there are better and less expensive alternatives.

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Social and emotional learning programs for children are now online – is it the next era upon us? A True Story

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Keeping in touch despite COVID-19: How did we feel each other’s presence all along?

28 September 2021 | In this two-part blog, Nathan Beltrand (BRAPEP) and Samuel Tomczyk (EUSPR) share their thoughts and thoughts of esteemed colleagues on communication via digital media and invite you to participate and build a strong foundation for future communication with early career … Continue reading

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Harm Reduction in Schools. Why Not?

30 November 2020 | In this article, Jose López-Guerrero and Claudio Vidal Giné from ABD – Energy Control (Spain) provide their opinions on harm reduction programmes within the school setting.  It seems like a century ago, but the last Harm Reduction International Conference, held … Continue reading

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The public health impact of Covid-19 beyond infection

23 September 2020 | In this article, Professor Maria Rosaria Galanti from Karolinska Institute provides her opinion on the adverse consequences of Covid-19.  Everyone knows what a pandemic is, but few of us have been witnessing one like that caused by the SARS -COV-2 … Continue reading

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A European prevention registry? Xchange: the story of a fruitful EMCDDA & EUSPR collaboration

30 June 2020 | In this blog article, Charlotte De Kock, researcher at Ghent University (Belgium) and member of the Xchange Prevention Registry is presenting the story of this unique European registry of evidence-based prevention interventions. It’s been two years now since I’m involved … Continue reading

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