The Climate Schools: Ecstasy and Emerging Drugs module was developed for 15-16 year-olds and aims to prevent and reduce drug use and related harms. Designed to be implemented within the school health curriculum, Climate Schools is based on a social influence approach to prevention and uses cartoon storylines to engage and maintain student interest and involvement.
Students follow four episodes of an online cartoon-based drama about a group of teenagers and their experiences with ecstasy and emerging drugs to impart information about these substances. The cartoons are designed to equip students with the skills needed to reduce drug-related harms, stay safe, refuse drugs and resist peer pressure. Through the storyline, students learn about ecstasy and emerging drugs, the impact on relationships and finances, the dangers of mixing pills with alcohol or other drugs, the law, and effective communication and refusal skills.
Each episode includes a short quiz to assess and consolidate learning, and allow students to reflect on drug-related situations. The class and homework activities are designed to reinforce the material taught in the cartoon and encourage students to apply the preventative messages and skills. Feedback indicates that teachers and students enjoy the program, and implementation within the classroom environment is highly feasible.