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Drug education for 1000 parents

  • The National Anti-Drug Agency in Romania has applied a €270,000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to train 75 school psychologists and 1000 parents in how to inform their children on the dangers of drugs.

    Studies show that children and teens who learn about the dangers of drugs at home are less likely to take drugs than those who are not taught about drugs by their parents. Unfortunately, many parents lack knowledge about substance abuse and find it difficult to talk with their children about drugs and alcohol.

    In order to improve parent-child communication on the dangers of substance abuse and prevent children from experimenting with and taking drugs, the Romanian National Anti-Drug Agency (NAA) has been training parents in how to talk to their children about the issue of drug use.

    In cooperation with the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport, the NAA has trained school psychologists across Romania in how to prevent drug use among children and teens. Information material has been developed for school psychologists and parents, and 75 school psychologists have been trained by experts in drug education for parents and teens. These school psychologists have in turn trained 1000 parents of teenagers in 44 small towns and villages in the counties of Ilfov, Constanta and Bihor in how to prevent their children from taking drugs.

    The project is currently analysing the effects of the parental training. The results will be presented at the final project conference in Brasov on 15 April 2011. Based on the seminar's conclusions, a guide on good practice for training parents on the dangers of drug use will be developed, and the supporting information material will be re-evaluated and upgraded correspondingly. The good practice guide will later be used for developing similar projects in other countries. 

    Photo: The National Anti-Drug Agency in Romania.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Familial training in educational abilities regarding the tobacco, alcohol and drug use prevention

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project duration:

    18 months

    Project cost:

    € 317,500

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    19 August 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to develop and apply an efficient working methodology with parents of pre-adolescents and improve school counsellors' competences in providing familial training in educational abilities regarding drug use prevention in Ilfov, Bihor and Constanta counties, with the overall objective of increasing the influence of family protection factors and diminishing the family risk factors regarding drug use in Romania. Reference is made to the application dated 10 June 2008, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - elaborate the working methodology, the supporting materials and the awareness raising strategies;

    - carry out a comparative analysis and organise a good practice seminar;

    - select, train and supervise the school counsellors;

    - provide training and other services for parents / families;

    - produce the guide for school psychologists and parents;

    - management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the National Anti-Drug Agency.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Ministry of Administration and Interior provides at least 15 percent of the total estimated eligible Project costs.