Community Programme Goals:
- To reduce incidences of drug trafficking
- To reduce the incidences of the use of drugs in sports
- To prevent or reduce consumption of licit or illicit drugs by workers
- To reduce the risks associated with substance use while increasing protective factors
- To promote/enhance the life skills of young people in regard to drugs and their health
- To introduce alternative activities to drug use and deviant behaviour.
As outlined in CICAD Hemispheric guidelines on the Construction of a Holistic Community-Based Model of Demand Reduction 2013, the Health Promotion Models will be used as a guide:
Ø Informational: when appropriate information is disseminated among the intended population,
Ø Empowerment: When members of the community capacity to act on circumstances and identify the potential choices they can make,
Ø Community: which conceives of health on the basis of changes in the community achieved through collective action.
Successful prevention programmes around the world have reported that using a minimum of ten interactive sessions contributed in large measure to the programmes’ success. Additionally, giving the participants the opportunity to practice skills also reinforced information learnt.
NCSA Community Programmes Include:
Drug Awareness Month (January & June)
Project Safeguarding Our Future Today (Project SOFT)
Sports Not Drugs
Stop! Think! Choose! (Programme for the Deaf, Hearing Impaired and other disabled populations)