The primary aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of a drug education
programme in a Local Drug Task Force Area, through an outcome evaluation.
Specifically, the study examined the effectiveness of a drug education programme by
measuring if participation in a drug education programme had any effect on
participants' attitudes towards drug users. Twenty individuals participated in the
study. Of this twenty, ten represented the control group and ten represented the
control group. All twenty participants completed a pre-test and a post-test attitude
questionnaire, which measured a change in attitude. The hypothesis stated that there
would be a significant difference in attitude towards drug users of individuals who
have participated in a drug education compared to individuals who did not participate
in a drug education programme. The present study supported the hypothesis.
(t = 3.358; df= 18; p>O.OI). The secondary aim of the study was to conduct a process
evaluation as a measure of effectiveness of the drug education programme.
Effectiveness was measured through semi-structured interviews that addressed the
issue of programme implementation. Interviews revealed that participants identified
gains such as increased confidence and encouragement to progress on to further
education, training and employment. The possible application of the study could
include the delivery of drug education in an effort to promote more positive attitudes
towards drug users.