Educational Materials for Substance Abuse Prevention


Teachers train their students into life both academically and socially as a result of their duty. However, in this changing world, both teachers and students are experiencing problems that ruin work rhythm. At the top of these, there is addiction. Today, an addiction, causes great destruction both on individuals and in society, spreads rapidly despite religion, language, race differences. As well as being the whole society’s concern, it stands in front of us as a growing problem day by day. There is a growth in the use of alcohol and illegal drugs among European youngsters and that is a problem that all countries should do something about it. When we look at drug use in Europe, we see that a much wider range of substances is used than in the past. Polydrug consumption is widespread among drug users.

According to the 2019 year’s data of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), it is estimated that about 96 million people in the European Union or 29% of the adult population (age range 15-64) are trying illegal drugs at some point in their lives. According to the report published by EMCDDA in 2017; The two major surveys conducted with 15- to 16-year-old school students aimed to compare the use of cannabis and other substances by European and American children. According to this survey, European youth consume more alcohol and tobacco products, while American students consume much more cannabis than alcohol and tobacco. In the global context, Europe is an important market for drugs, supplied from both domestic production and trafficking from other world regions. Some drugs and precursors are transited through the European route to other continents. Young people are an important target group for many drug interventions.

Along with the career, adulthood and education problems that young people face, the stress factor occurring within the lockdown measures of COVID19 has also affected substance use. According to the study conducted in 2020 (Vanderbruggen et. al.), the consumption of alcohol and tobacco increased during the lockdown times. In addition, 41% of young people taking part in a study conducted in the Netherlands expressed that they used substances more than they used to before COVID-19 (Trimbos Instituut, 2020). Furthermore, the impact of guidance and counselling services, especially for students and young people, due to the lockdown measures that are in force and inadequate use of digital online channels, drastically decreased. As for an addicted students’ school success, it inevitably starts to degrade after he becomes addicted. Since an addicted student cannot communicate clearly with people around him, he becomes more and more isolated and enters a cycle of depression along with concrete results of the addiction seen in his life.

Project results

The handbook will offer a comprehensive, educational oriented approach about substance use, abuse, and dependence, with emphasis on prevention.

Chapters of the guidebook are:

  • How severe do substance abuse affect psychological conditions?
  • Psychological effects of substance abuse on the individual
  • Links between substance abuse and mental health
  • Emotional effects of substance abuse on the individual
  • Short-term and long-term physical and psychological signs of substance use on students
  • Practical tips to teachers

Chapters of the guidebook are:

  • Social issues in home and family life
  • Social issues in school atmosphere
  • Social issues in personality and relationships

An online toolkit for teachers includes suggested activities for teachers to conduct drug & substance abuse education sessions for students with relevant knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle.