What Works: Learning from Iceland
Our interest in Youth in Iceland stems not only from its dramatic success in reducing Iceland’s teen substance abuse problem, but also from the central role that investment in high-quality after-school programming – with sports and arts as the focus – played in the country’s success.
In substance abuse prevention terms, after-school sports and arts programs favorably shift the balance of risk and protective factors; in physiological terms, they can induce brain activities that mimic the neurological “high” that can come from drug use; in common sense terms, they provide fun, healthy activities for kids to do instead of engaging in drug/alcohol use and associated risky behaviors. The success of such programs as implemented is Iceland is based on a very simple yet powerful premise: rather than telling young people to “just say no” to drugs, we must give them things to say “yes” to.
This is How Iceland Turned its Teenagers From Heavy Drinkers to Model Citizens
World Economic Forum/Watch video
How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs
The Atlantic/Read full article
How An American Helped Iceland Fix Its Teen Substance Abuse Problem
WBUR: Here & Now/Listen or Read
Iceland Succeeds at Reversing Teenage Substance Abuse The U.S. Should Follow Suit
HuffPost/Read full article
How an American helped Iceland turn its youth crisis around
Mother Nature Network/Read full article
Substance use prevention for adolescents: the Icelandic Model
Health Promotion International/Read full article