"Prevention Strategy and Policy Makers"
Regional Seminar for Central America

UNODC has initiated a dialogue with the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic on how to improve their drug prevention interventions and policies to make them real long-term investment in the healthy and safe development of children and youth.

UNODC Regional Office of Central America and the Caribbean organised Regional Seminar "Prevention Strategy and Policy Makers" 1-3 July 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the support of the Center of Excellence on Prison Reform and Drug Demand Reduction. This Regional Seminar aimed to technically promote and support the improvement of the coverage and quality of national systems for drug use prevention in the participating countries, based on the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention published earlier this year, and building on the substantial expertise and activities already existing in the participating countries.

The seminar had more than 20 participants from the seven countries of Central America, and also from the Dominican Republic. Each country was represented by a multi-sectoral team of technical experts from the key policy making bodies relevant to the prevention field, such as from education, health and drug control sectors. During the seminar the national delegations developed plans for the improvement of national prevention systems. The implementation and further development of these plans will be facilitated via series of teleconferences and continuing dialogue between UNODC Regional Office, UNODC Head Quarters and the National Counterparts.




Presentations used at the meeting

In Spanish


Monday 1 July      
Etiology of drug use Overview of evidence based interventions and     policies                Using media for prevention  


Tuesday 2 July


Prevention response targeting pre-natal - early childhood age-group       

Prevention targeting middle childhood Prevention targeting early adolescence                 Prevention targeting adolescence and adulthood


Wednesday 3 July

Components of national prevention system 1/4 Components of national prevention system 2/4 Components of national prevention system 3/4 Components of national prevention system 4/4


Additional resources

International Standards on Drug Use Prevention - draft Spanish translation


Data collection and information systems

Materials from the UNODC Global Assessment Programme on Drug Abuse (GAP)

Module 1 Developing an Integrated Drug Information System
English French Russian Spanish  
Module 2 Estimating Prevalence: Indirect Methods for Estimating the Size of the Drug Problem
English French Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 3 Conducting School Surveys on Drug Abuse
English French Russian Spanish Arabic

NOTE: Module 3 includes a model school-based questionnaire and has been developed in collaboration with the individuals involved in the most important school-based surveys globally (e.g. Monitoring the Future in the USA, ESPAD in Europe, CICAD in the Americas, etc.).

Module 4 ARQ Part II: Data management, Lexicon of Terminology and Guidance Notes
English French Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 5 Training in Basic Drug Abuse Data Management and Analysis
English   Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 6 Focus Assessment Studies: A Qualitative Approach to Data Collection
English French Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 7 Ethical Challenges in Drug Epidemiology: Issues, Principles and Guidelines
English,   Russian Spanish Arabic,
Module 8 Guidance for the Measurement of Drug Treatment Demand
English French Russian Spanish Arabic

 Other materials


Drug prevention in schools

We have an entire page on drug prevention in schools on our website. The UNODC publication is rather old, but it includes very good resources, especially the protocol to address substance abuse episodes in schools. The Canadian standards are an excellent, more recent resource, and they are part of an entire package of standards produced by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.


Prevention activities in the context of sports

The two evidence based programmes that were mentioned during the Seminar are ATLAS and ATHENA. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the USA includes both. If you go to the website of the registry and look for the name of programs in the basic search, you will get all the relevant information.


Monitoring and evaluation


Last updated 22 July 2013