In recent years, significant developments have taken place with regard to drug prevention across the statutory, community and voluntary sectors.
Following the publication of the second Support Pack in 2003, we saw the review of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008 and the subsequent publication of an interim Drugs strategy for 2009-2016. This current strategy is an interim strategy until the publication of abroader Substance Misuse Strategy which is envisaged to include alcohol.
To take account of these developments, I am delighted to introduce this revised edition of the Support Manual for Dealing with Substance Use Issues in the Out of School Sector. This manual takes consideration
of recent policy developments both in the area of Substance Misuse and the Youth Work Sector.
We have endeavoured to put together a resource manual which is practical, informative and comprehensive. This manual offers a practical framework that identifies youth organisations as having a critical role in addressing substance use issues with young people in 3 areas:
Developing Policies procedures and guidelines for Substance Use issues in youth organisations
Prevention of Substance Use in youth organisations
Information on Intervention approaches for youth organisations