February 14, 2018

Researcher pitches Iceland’s solution to substance use by youth

Wrote Liz Monteiro in Waterloo Region Record.

Getting youth off drugs and alcohol means having a strong school and parental support system around them and keeping them busy in their down time.

It sounds simple, but it works, says Alfgeir Kristjansson, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University.

Kristjansson was a researcher in Iceland and helped get a support program off the ground in his homeland.

Iceland went from 42 per cent of teens, ages 15 and 16, saying they had been drunk in the previous month in 1998 to only five per cent saying the were drunk in 2016. ( … )

 

Read the full article on Waterloo Region Record’s website

 

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