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Basic Facts


School-based intervention for drug using students


The preventive intervention is a suggested course of action that school representatives can take in order to help a student and his or her parents to deal with a situation of crisis and overcome a licit or an illicit drug problem. It is a 12-hour training course which aims at preparing participants to conduct intervention talks with pupils and their parents and agree on a contract.


  • National/regional/local government


  • National


The general objective of this programme is to limit psychoactive substance use among pupils and improve their school performance.

To develop a coherent intervention addressed to pupils using psychoactive substances in school. 

To implement the intervention and to support positive changes in a student's behaviour related to alcohol, tobacco or drug use.


Stakeholder Involvement

  • Intermediate target group
  • Government
  • Funders
  • Researchers

Logic Model

Scientific model: crisis intervention, alcohol brief intervention in PHCU, motivational interview.

Elements Of Plan

  • Literature review and/or formative research
  • Needs assessment
  • Detailed plan of action
  • Human resource management plan
  • Time schedule
  • Evaluation plan


Time Frame

  • Continuous

Target Group

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Parents

Communication Channel

  • Brochures/leaflets/items
  • Meetings/conferences with experts/colleagues
  • Scientific publications

Core Activities

Meetings with schools' staff, training sessions, supervisions.

Supportive activities

  • Consultancy
  • Team meetings





  • Process
  • Impact
  • Outcome


In the opinion of respondents, 44 % of interventions ended successfully. This means that persistent change in student behaviour was achieved or there was no evidence of further breaking of school rules by the student. Based on the gathered information, it can be concluded that this school-based intervention method can be useful for school staff and that for most part, it fits their potential skills.

Results indicate that in half of participating schools at least some of the proposed system modifications were implemented and in majority of schools teachers used key elements of the intervention method while solving problems related to students' conduct or drug use. In proceeding stages, good communication and openness in parent-school contacts were crucial for the programme effectiveness. These were also a source of positive reinforcement for the people involved.


EMCDDA: "School-based intervention for drug using students"

Borucka A., Pisarska A, Okulicz-Kozaryn K. [Evaluation of a school-based intervention method for drug using students]. [Article in Polish], Med Wieku Rozwoj. 2003 Jan-Mar;7(1 Pt 2):157-72.

Okulicz-Kozaryn K, Borucka A, Pisarska A. [Introduction of a school-based intervention method targeted for drug using students. Barriers related to the co-operation between parents and teachers].[Article in Polish] Med Wieku Rozwoj. 2003 Jan-Mar; 7(1 Pt 2):173-92.

Follow Up


Additional Information




Contact person: Agnieszka Pisarska, DMSc

Organization: Prevention Unit,  Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry

Address: 9 Sobieskiego Str. 02-957 Warsaw

Country: Poland

Telephone number: +48 22 4582 630

E-mail address:

Additional remarks

Last change: 16. 08. 2016 - 12:32, created: 12. 08. 2016
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