School-based drug prevention in the United States: Insights for Hong Kong

Shane S. Wong, Tan Lei Shek

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This paper reviews effective school-based drug prevention programs implemented in the United States. Research studies in major academic databases, policy review papers from academic and research institutes, and government reports from funding and administrative agencies related to school-based drug prevention were reviewed. The states of California and Washington were used as examples to understand state-level efforts to implement drug prevention. Common principles of exemplar school-based drug prevention programs according to structure, content, and delivery were summarized. Relevant legislation and funding schemes that guide the implementation of such programs in the United States were likewise identified. Effective program principles, legislation, and funding schemes in the United States provide valuable lessons for determining future directions for drug prevention programs in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-101
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • Drug prevention
  • Effective program principles
  • Funding
  • Hong Kong
  • Legislation
  • School-based
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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