Community Prevention Drug Use Among Thesis

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The selective type would enable me to make optimal use of the specific factors that are relevant to my target group. This IOM type would also enable me to identify cases of prior and current drug use, and to refer these to specialized groups and programs for help. The selective type is therefore optimal for the specific sector of society that I want to target.

Best Practice Program

From the "Best Practice Programs," I chose "Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids: The ATLAS Program," because it specifically focuses on high school athletes as a target group. While it focuses mostly on one particular kind of drug, I would perhaps modify it to address the specific problems, risks and protective factors of my target group.

The ATLAS program focuses on male high school athletes and aims at reducing the risk factors involved in the use of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs that such students are often tempted to indulge in. The program uses strategies such as healthy sports nutrition and strength training as alternatives to drugs.

The program is administered by coaches and peers, with the support of scripted manuals. A particularly valuable element of the training is the fact that the program is provided to small cooperative learning groups. Such groups hold the advantage of individual visibility. No team member is allowed to hide or vanish among the others. When help is needed, this soon becomes clear and can be provided by a coach or peer who is trusted by the rest of the team members. This sense of trust is vital in changing attitudes that could be positive towards the use and effects of
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Specifically, the program is provided by means of ten sessions of 45 minutes each, along with physical training and workout programs. Furthermore, the program includes role-playing and education games, with campaigns that are created by students, while instructional aids include food and exercise guides supplemented by workbooks. Parents are involved by means of homework and the Sports Menu.

Estimated Cost

The document does not include specific training costs, but would include the rental of equipment and venues. Schools could for example provide their own equipment and venues, using the income generated to upgrade the existing sports facilities. The implementation of the strategy would include material costs that come to $840 for 100 students and 1 coach.

In order to raise the money for such a program, the general avenue of sponsorship is grants from charitable and government organizations. However, schools can also make an effort towards providing funds. Indeed, raising money for implementation could have the added benefit of reaching a wider audience with the message of a healthy lifestyle being preferable to drug use. School events such as a sports day could for example be arranged, including for example arts and crafts that demonstrate the benefits of health vs. The long-term effects of drug use that are not necessarily related to performance-enhancing drugs.

In conclusion, it is a fact that the individual is profoundly affected by the environment and community within which he or she lives. An integrated and supportive approach should therefore be used in any prevention program.

Sources

CASAT. Best Practice: Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids: The ATLAS Program

http://casat.unr.edu/bestpractices/view.php?program=7

Institute of Medicine. Projects: Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development http://www.iom.edu/CMS/12552/35625.aspx

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Sources

CASAT. Best Practice: Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids: The ATLAS Program

http://casat.unr.edu/bestpractices/view.php?program=7

Institute of Medicine. Projects: Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development http://www.iom.edu/CMS/12552/35625.aspx

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