Last week, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) launched a new publication entitled European drug prevention quality standards: a quick guide. Prepared by Angelina Brotherhood and Harry Sumnall on behalf of the Prevention Standards Partnership, the quick guide summarises the main points of the full EMCDDA Manual and encourages professionals to start using the standards for self-reflection. It includes a description of the eight stages involved in the drug prevention cycle, along with a self-reflection checklist that can be used when planning and implementing prevention activities.
The primary target audiences of the quick guide are:
- professionals who are not yet familiar with the concept of quality standards in prevention and who wish to find out more about this topic;
- professionals who need more information about the standards in order to decide whether the manual could usefully support their work; and
- professionals who wish to take a first step in conducting self-reflection using the standards.
In terms of professional groups, policymakers and commissioners at national, regional and local levels as well as service managers will find this document particularly useful.
The quick guide was originally commissioned for use by EU acceding and (potential) candidate countries, and it is therefore available in Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, and Turkish (coming soon). However, professionals within established EU Member States will find the ‘quick guide’ equally useful, and we expect that translations of the quick guide in some EU Member State languages will also become available soon. Translations will be posted on our Resources available in other languages page.
The quick guide can be accessed either on the original EMCDDA page or by accessing our Resources page: