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Effectiveness of Drug Education Programs for Secondary School Students
SUE C. WEAVER; FOREST S. TENNANT, JR.
Am J Psychiatry 1973;130:812-814.
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Consultant, Instructional Services and Drug Abuse Education, the Education Service Center, Houston, Tex.

Director, UCLA Methadone Treatment Program, and a resident, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif. 90024

1973, The American Psychiatric Association

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In order to evaluate the effectiveness of a drug education program, an intensive and costly three-week drug education course was given to 452 eighth-grade students. A similar group of eighth-graders who received minimal drug education served as controls. While the students in the experimental group demonstrated superior knowledge of drugs, there was no significant reduction in their drug taking. A follow-up survey of the experimental students done nine months later revealed that their drug use increased despite the intensive program.

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