The EUPHA newsletter contains information on the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), interesting news and publications, upcoming courses and conferences from the area of public health.
by Fabrizio Faggiano, published in the European Journal of Public Health, 20 (3): 363.
A relatively large amount of all alcohol and drug use takes place in recreational settings, which is why nightlife is an important setting for prevention. The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox was developed as part of an EU funded project and is designed for local, regional and national policy makers and prevention workers to help them prevent and reduce harm from alcohol and drug use in nightlife settings.
The core of the online Toolbox is formed by three databases (evaluated interventions, literature, and details of experts within the field) and a Handbook providing guidance on creating a healthy and safe nightlife.
You can access the Healthy Nightlife Toolbox website at http://www.hntinfo.eu/ or go to the Handbook directly.
18 November 2009 marked the day in which the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) was founded. Participants from Europe within the field of prevention research gathered in Rome to discuss the need, capacity and possibility of building such a Society.
Several presentations from the 2008 conference of European Association for Research on Adolescence were presented in a Special Issue of the Journal of Adolescence, volume 32, issue 6 in December 2009.
For the first time a made in Europe youth drug prevention project was developed and tested thanks to funding from the European Commission. After six years the EUropean Drug Addiction Prevention Project has ended and has left behind an effective program to prevent the use of drugs. In short, EU-Dap developed and tested a school-based alcohol, tobacco and drugs prevention program in seven European countries. The drug prevention program named Unplugged is still being used today by not only the EU-Dap study group but also many other countries beyond Europe.
In its first phase (2003-2005) The project involved a rigorous study trial over seven European countries to evaluate a new school-based program aimed at preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by students. Results of the study demonstrated that the program had indeed prevented students from becoming intoxicated and evolving to daily smokers.
In the second phase (2005-2009) the EU-Dap project continued by following up the group of students to see if the positive changes were sustained. As well, the EU-Dap implemented a dissemination strategy to spread the use of the program in the communities involved. It was discovered that changes in abstaining from becoming intoxicated were maintained at 1-year follow-up. In terms of dissemination of the program in communities, more work needs to be done to continue to promote the program Unplugged in Schools.
Details of the results of the EU-Dap Trail and continued project can be found at www.eudap.net
EU-Dap school materials named Unplugged are available free of charge. Before downloading and teaching the program, the EU-Dap group recommends that leaders undergo a 2.5 day training. The materials involve a 12-lesson teacher manual, a student workbook and two card games for youth.
Please visit www.eudap.net to download these free materials.
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