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Effectevaluation of the Drugs and Alcohol Plan of Attack at intermediate vocational education (ROC's) in Rotterdam.

- candidate number14204
- NTR NumberNTR3803
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR14-jan-2013
- Secondary IDs50-51510-98-253 ZonMw
- Public TitleEffectevaluation of the Drugs and Alcohol Plan of Attack at intermediate vocational education (ROC's) in Rotterdam.
- Scientific TitleAttacking hazardous alcohol and drug use at intermediate vocational education (ROC's) in Rotterdam: Effectevaluation of a plan of attack.
- hypothesisYouth at intermediate vocational education (ROC's) show excessive alcohol and drug use, which can have various detrimental consequences. For this vulnerable group of youngsters a targeted, multicomponent plan of attack was developed in Rotterdam to tackle alcohol and drug use. This research aims to examine the effectiveness of the plan of attack. When the plan of attack proves to be succesful, it can be implemented at other ROC's throughout the Netherlands.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedAlcohol, Drugs, Substance abuse, Addiction, Physical complaints, Mental health, Aggression, Schoolperformance, Cannabis, Truancy
- Inclusion criteriaStudents from ROC Albeda and ROC Zadkine atttending daytime education.
- Exclusion criteriaN/A
- mec approval receivedno
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, non-randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-feb-2013
- planned closingdate31-dec-2014
- Target number of participants12000
- InterventionsExperimental locations (N = 8) receive "the Drugs and Alcohol Plan of Attack", consisting of:
1. General: Certified security policy, code of conduct;
2. Students: Limited/extensive education module, website, peer education, health coach, prohibition of cannabis, conversation with parents at school;
3. Parents: Information letter, periodic newsletter, website, health coach, parent board meetings, conversation with student; ROC personnel: website, training of skills and knowledge, support by health coach.

Control locations (N = 8) do not receive "the Drugs and Alcohol Plan of Attack" or any other alcohol and/or drugs intervention.

The intervention is executed by the Rotterdam Public Health Service (GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond), in collaboration with Youz, youth department of Bouman-GGZ addiction care, and the police of Rotterdam and surrounding area. From January 2013 on, the intervention has been started at the experimental locations. The intervention consists of the following components:
1. A Certificat for security policy at school (Safe at School);
2. A code of conduct ‘alcohol and drugs at school';
3. A learning module ‘Alcohol and drugs’ of 4 lessons (limited module) or 35 lessons (extended module) a year;
4. A website for ROC-students (;
5. Peer-education;
6. A website for parents of ROC-students;
7. A website for ROC-teachers;
8. The presence of a health coach from Youz at the ROC’s; the health coach has office every week and is available for students with alcohol and/or drug related problems.

In January 2014, the intervention will be started at the control locations. At the experimental locations, after the first year of implementation, the intervention will be continued.
- Primary outcomePrevalence of alcohol:
1. Last week;
2. Last month;
3. Ever;
4. Binge drinking. Prevalence of cannabis: - last month - last year - ever Prevalence of harddrugs (heroin, cocaine, XTC, magic mushrooms, amphetamins, GHB, LSD): - last month - last year - ever
- Secondary outcome1. Physical and mental health (problems);
2. Agression and violence;
3. Academic achievement;
4. Truancy.
- TimepointsAll primary and secondary outcomes will be measured in a students' questionnaire at baseline, and two follow-up periods (at 6 months and at 1 year).
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusrecruitement status not public
- Sponsor/Initiator IVO Addiction Research Institute
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
ZON-MW, The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryThis research aims to examine the effectiveness of the plan of attack in reducing students' alcohol and drug use, alcohol and/or drug-related problems, and general and mental health. Alcohol and drug use and related problems among students of 8 locations of 2 intermediate vocational education (ROC's) will be compared to a matched control group of students of 8 other locations of the same ROC's (total N = 12.000). Measurements will be before, and 6 and 12 months after, implementation of the plan of attack.

All respondents are recruited in the Netherlands.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD14-jan-2013 - 11-feb-2013

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