Our services

We provide step-by-step milestone guidelines for cities and local communities to minimize drug use amongst children and adolescents.


  • Youth in Europe

    Youth in Europe is an evidence-based program in adolescents drug use prevention.

  • Youth in Europe

    is aimed at preventing children and adolescents from the initiation of drug use.

  • Youth in Europe

    is designed to provide an operational structure to assist local personnel in primary drug use prevention.

  • The program has been in continuous implementation in Iceland since 1998. It has led to the lowest prevalence of drug use amongst 15-16 year olds in all of Europe.

About Youth in Europe

The program is designed for cities and local communities that are dedicated
in their work to minimize drugs use amongst children and adolescents

We provide effective tools for policymakers and
practitioners in the field of drug use prevention


Through systematic evaluation on status and
development of drug use on a local basis

Through targeting risk- and protective
factors related to drug use initiation

Through local seminars and training
courses for prevention personnel

Our network

,,Youth in Europe is based on the Icelandic Prevention Model that has proven
successful as a primary prevention methodology since 1998. Since then,
the model has been in continuous development in Iceland leading to one of the
lowest prevalence of drug use amongst 15-16 year olds in all of Europe.

Since the year 2006, several European communities have initiated
the development of their prevention work based on the model.“



The programme has been supported from the outset by ECAD (European Cities Against Drugs) and The City of Reykjavík, who serves as the chair and provides management for this programme, while research is conducted by the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA).

The patron of the programme is the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. The programme’s principal sponsor for the past 10 years has been Actavis Group.

In 2015 the programme received an ERASMUS+ support grant and a grant from the Vestnordisk hovedstadsfond to start the programme in 10 new municipalities across Europe.

The President of Iceland
The City of Reykjavík
Actavis Group
ECAD (European Cities Against Drugs)


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