How did Iceland do it? During a collaborative conversation with a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) planning grantee and applicants, one of the most profound things we discovered about the Icelandic Model of prevention is that at no point during the implementation of the model did schools, parents, or government agencies talk about drugs! Going back to the research on risk and protective factors, science shows that increasing one protective factor in a teen's life negates THREE risk factors. Rather than talking about drugs and the risks associated with them, Iceland focused on how to occupy teens, family engagement, and community/government commitment to a positive environment for teens. Watch the video below - the process is one of research based prevention.
The Atlantic details the components of the Icelandic Model and shows the dramatic difference between the chaotic communities 20 years ago and the positive, supportive system that exists now.
WV is on the right track. we are leading the nation in creative research based strategies to positiviely impact the substance use disorder crisis. this is our next step.