Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Design, delivery and evaluation of drug education

Guidance provided for design, delivery and evaluation of drug education

Media release from Jim Anderton

18 February 2004

Guidance provided for design, delivery and evaluation of drug education

Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton has welcomed the publication today of a draft handbook aimed at providing guidance primarily to schools on how to evaluate the merits of different drug education programmes.

"Strengthening Effective Drug Education in Schools, put together after an extensive literature review and now ready for feedback before a final handbook is published, represents an important step in the coalition government's action programme against drugs," the Progressive leader said.

"We all know that communities, including young people, need to have reliable information about drugs if we want to see a serious reduction in demand for them," he said.

"One thing which is clear from the review is that a harm minimization approach is the best one for drug education and that this can include a number of objectives, including abstinence, so we can all move on from debating that issue and spend more time on delivering effective drug education," Jim Anderton said.


Effective drug education is listed as an aim in both the Labour Progressive government's Methamphetamine Action Plan ( and the overarching Action Plan on Alcohol & Illicit Drugs because youth and communities need have access to reliable information about drugs if we want to see a reduction in demand for drugs.

The Effective Drug Education project (EDE), led by the Ministry of Youth Development, aims to identify and encourage best practice for alcohol and drug education for young people, families and their communities.

The Effective Drug Education Project consists of 3 phases:

Phase 1 - Literature review 2002/03 completed and published

Phase 2 - Resource Development 2003/04 handbook entitled Strengthening Effective Drug Education in Schools is the first resource which is in the process of development and consultation.

Phase 3 - Publication of standards and guidelines and the development of options for community pilots during the 2004-2005 financial year.

Further information:

Draft handbook:

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Claims About The CPTPP

As a Tufts study usefully explained, some of the basic mechanisms of the original TPP (and the CCTPP is not radically different in this respect) would – in practice – contribute to income inequality, by further tilting the existing imbalance between those reliant on profit-taking as a source of income, and those reliant on wages...

Under the original TPP deal, the Tufts team estimated, 5,000 jobs would have been lost across New Zealand. More>>


Growing The Regions: Provincial Growth Fund Open For Business

The new $1 billion per annum Provincial Growth Fund has been officially launched in Gisborne today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. ... More>>


22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor. "It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us." More>>


Submissions Closing: Mangroves Bill 'Designed To Bypass RMA'

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More>>


EQC Shakeup: Chair Of Earthquake Commission Has Resigned

The Chair of the Earthquake Commission, Sir Maarten Wevers, has resigned following receipt of a letter from Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Dr Megan Woods expressing her displeasure with the performance of the Commission ... More>>


Percieved Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>


Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>





Featured InfoPages