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close this bookDrug Education: Programmes and Methodology - An Overview of Opportunities for Drug Prevention (EC - UNESCO, 1995, 41 p.)
close this folderII. The planning process of drug education
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View the documentDetermining the content and selecting methods of the prevention programme
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View the documentProgrammes, target groups and intermediaries


After reviewing and discussing some of the main issues involved in drug education and prevention, this Chapter will deal with planning educational processes leading to the implementation of drug education programmes. Education can only be successful if it is considered as an activity and a social process, which has to be undertaken in a planned and systematic way. This part of the report highlights some important planning steps to be considered before developing any educational programme (7). Figure 1 shows an overview of the basic planning stages:




Drug problem assessment

What drug problem does the community need to address?

Development of prevention goals

What do prevention workers want to achieve?

Identification of resources and funding sources

What resources does the program need to achieve the objectives? Where will the money come from?

Determination of content and selection of methods and techniques

What does the target group already knows about drugs, how do they behave, communicate about drug users)


How will the program be introduced, executed and continued


How can be determined whether the goals are met?

7) Prevention Plus II: Tools for Creating and Sustaining Drug Free Communities. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1989.