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The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) created a programme to support the building of protective factors for substance use and abuse called R.E.A.D. The acronym is short for Resistance Education Against Drugs (R.E.A.D). This programme is an indigenous response to our Jamaican reality of a cultural acceptance to drug use. READ was developed in 2003 and tested in Jamaica, Bahamas and Grenada. The programme was copyrighted in 2005 for use in Jamaica.

The READ generation of products includes:


· READ for Juniors 5-7 ages

· READ for Minors 9-11

· READ Ages 11-17

· READ Plus ages 11-17 ( includes HIV education)

The main objective of all the READ programmes is to build participant self efficacy through knowledge of self and drugs, encouragement of creative activity, measurement and assessment, and creating positive peer and facility support.

The programmes are delivered co-curricular by trained NCDA facilitators using a workbook to deliver the sessions. Pre and posts tests are used to measure outcomes of the programme. Selection for participation is based on students that belong to a group that have a high risk for substance use. The participants are not individually assessed to be at risk for substance abuse.

The READ line of programmes are built around the following areas:

o Affective: Self concept, perspectives, attitudes, feeling of safety, vulnerability/protective factors, needs, behaviours.

o Cognitive: Definitions, reasons for use, rights, the law, drugs of abuse

o Skills: Coping, decision making, resisting offers made through advertising/marketing

o Competencies-how to say no and mean it, taking responsibility, selecting the right friends, safe practices

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Monday, 23 June 2014 17:50

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Tobacco Use Rising Among Jamaican Adolescents!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:31

 We have just completed a National Youth Survey.  What we found may surprise you!                

Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:00

  Do We Have a Drug Problem?   Community Perceptions of Substance Misuse in Jamaica

Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:07

Smoke Free Spaces... Healthy PlacesIn commemoration of internationally celebrated World No Tobacco Day, this year, the NCDA will co-ordinate a signature drive campaign encouraging persons to say...

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:52

The Agency found pleasure in celebrating the leaders that inspired, influenced and impacted the area of substance misuse in Jamaica in a profound and lasting manner. The celebration was held on...

Thursday, 07 November 2013 01:59

Friday - November 1  Final Day for Applications for the Youth Lifestyle Leader Award Sunday - November 3 National Church Service St. Ann New Testament

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:18

Friday, 23 August 2013 02:37

 Are you ready to ready to send your kids back to school?  In the preparation of bags and books and uniforms, remember to prepare them to resist drug use.  That means you have some...

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:19

The National Council on Drug Abuse and its partners organized a celebration of July 15 as the day ban against smoking in public places came into effect. 

Friday, 28 June 2013 02:57

READ Junior : Making a Difference in the Nations' Children  

Friday, 28 June 2013 02:37

   Jamaica Observes World Drug Day 2013.  International Day on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Thursday, 27 June 2013 17:04

   A new high....

Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:47

The Jamaican War Against Drugs.       In our own backyard we have been engaged in our own war to stop the illicit trafficking and drug abuse. Drug production and...

Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:01

June 26 is International Day Aganist Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 03:05

Is the TOBACCO Industry MANIPULATING YOU? Ban Tobacco Advertizing, Promotion and Sponsorship  

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:08

World No Tobacco Day   31 May 2013

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