Exploit the Developed Countries Experiences of Primary School Education to Prevent Drug Addiction and Implications for Iran

Document Type : Original Article(s)


1 Resident of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences and Neuroscience Research Center

2 Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Isfahan

3 Resident, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


Abstract Backgrounds: The purpose of this study was to evaluate various educations in primary schools to prevent drug addiction. Methods: In this qualitative study, data included the experiences of those who been students in the developed countries for some years as well as their parents. The data were collected by semi-structured and unstructured interviews as well as documents. Findings: The results showed that education for prevention of drug addiction begins in primary schools in the developed countries using various methods. These educations are not occasional but constant and infused in all curriculum subjects and grades. Students become familiar with various drugs and learn about their effects. Conclusion: Our findings showed that social problems are discussed openly in schools of the developed countries and students try to find solutions which are considered by authorities. Keywords: Drug addiction, Education, Teaching strategies, Primary school, Developed countries