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BMC Public Health

, 13:1168

Global health


BackgroundThe use of ecstasy is a public health problem and is associated with a range of social costs and harms. In recent years, there has been growing concern about the availability and misuse of new and emerging drugs designed to mimic the effects of illicit drugs, including ecstasy. This, coupled with the fact that the age of use and the risk factors for using ecstasy and emerging drugs are similar, provides a compelling argument to implement prevention for these substances simultaneously. The proposed study will evaluate whether a universal Internet-based prevention program, known as the Climate Schools: Ecstasy and Emerging Drugs Module, can address and prevent the use of ecstasy and emerging drugs among adolescents.

MethodsA cluster randomised controlled trial will be conducted among Year 10 students aged 15–16 years from 12 secondary schools in Sydney, Australia. Schools will be randomly assigned to either the Climate Schools intervention group or the control group. All students will complete a self-report questionnaire at baseline, immediately post-intervention, and 6-, 12- and 24-months post-baseline. The primary outcome measures will include ecstasy and emerging drug-related knowledge, intentions to use these substances in the future, and the patterns of use of ecstasy and emerging drugs. A range of secondary outcomes will also be assessed, including beliefs and attitudes about ecstasy and emerging drugs, peer pressure resistance, other substance use and mental health outcomes.

DiscussionTo our knowledge, this will be the first evaluation of an Internet-based program designed to specifically target ecstasy and NED use among adolescents. If deemed effective, the Climate Schools: Ecstasy and Emerging Drugs Module will provide schools with an interactive and novel prevention program for ecstasy and emerging drugs that can be readily implemented by teachers.

Trial registrationThis trial is registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, ACTRN12613000708752.

KeywordsInternet Prevention Universal School Ecstasy New and emerging drugs Substance use Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-13-1168 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Katrina E Champion - Maree Teesson - Nicola C Newton

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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