Climate Schools Interactive (CSI) study: A cluster randomised controlled trial of the internet-based Climate Schools: Ecstasy & Emerging Drugs Module

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The use of ecstasy is a public health problem and is associated with a range of social costs and harms. Recently, there has been growing concern about the misuse of new psychoactive substances (NPS) designed to mimic the effects of illicit drugs, including ecstasy. The CSI Study aims to evaluate the efficacy of the first online school-based prevention program for ecstasy and NPS, known as the Climate Schools; Ecstasy & Emerging Drugs module.

Progress/Findings: The CSI Study commenced in 2014, with students at participating schools (n=11 schools, 1126 students) completing an online self-report baseline survey. Intervention schools (n=5) successfully implemented the Climate Schools: Ecstasy and Emerging Drugs Module between March and May and positive feedback was received from both teachers and students about the program. Students completed a survey immediately after the intervention survey, as well as a 6- and 12-month follow-up survey. A fifth and final survey was completed in 2016, which provides 24-month follow-up data for the cohort.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Funding Body
National Health and Medical Research Council; Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Director of Prevention Research
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