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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Community energies under-evaluated: Drug initiatives on the margins
Author(s): Eley, Morris Susan
Yates, Rowdy
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Keywords: mutual aid
pressure groups
self help
Issue Date: Mar-2002
Citation: Eley Morris S & Yates R (2002) Community energies under-evaluated: Drug initiatives on the margins, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 2 (1), pp. 36-41.
Abstract: This article draws together an effectiveness review of community responses to drug concerns and supplementary interviews with key informants. Despite accessing nearly 300 publications relating to initiatives, there is a paucity of published evaluative evidence. The literature does provide a greater amount of information about initiatives that are delivered into the community as opposed to initiated by the community. Community-led responses have taken a number of approaches. To assess the current evidence on ‘what works?’, we have defined community responses to drug problems under five banners - self-help groups, parents’ groups, residents’ groups, community development groups and diversionary activity groups - for ease of discussion. There are a number of commonly identified elements that exist in successful and sustainable initiatives which are discussed.
Rights: Published in Drugs and Alcohol Today. Copyright: Pavilion Journals.

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