Recommended program

OurFutures: Cannabis & Psychostimulant Module

Cannabis & Psychostimulants

This resource is supported by one published study.

Year 9–10
Time Allocated

1-6 lessons




Costs Involved


The OurFutures programs are managed by the OurFutures Institute, a not-for-profit joint venture between Climate School and the University of Sydney. 
Click below to be directed to the OurFutures website for information on accessing the programs.

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OurFutures was developed by researchers currently based at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, Australia, formerly based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), School of Psychiatry, and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use at UNSW Sydney.


This curriculum-aligned online program is designed to be administered by teachers within classrooms. The program involves 6 x 45-minute lessons, each with two components:

  • A 20-minute computer-based component.
  • Teacher facilitated activities.

No specialist teacher training is required. This module is ideally delivered 6 months to 1 year after the OurFutures: Alcohol and Cannabis Module.


The OurFutures: Cannabis and Psychostimulants Module was developed for 14-17 year olds and aims to prevent and reduce substance use and related harms. Designed to be implemented within the school health curriculum, OurFutures is based on a social influence approach to prevention and uses cartoon storylines to engage and maintain student interest and involvement.

Students follow six episodes of an online cartoon-based drama about teenagers and their experiences. Through the storyline, students learn different drug classifications and their effects, the short- and long-term consequences of cannabis and psychostimulants, how to identify drug-related risk and stay safe, communication styles and being assertive, problem-solving skills, legal implications of drug use, and how to get help. Stop & Think activities are embedded in the cartoons and each episode ends with a short quiz to assess and consolidate learning. The class and homework activities are designed to reinforce the material taught in the cartoon and encourage students to apply the preventative messages and practice skills. Feedback indicates that teachers and students enjoy the program, and implementation within the classroom environment is highly feasible.

Training and Costs

Pricing is based on student enrolment numbers. Contact the OurFutures team for more information and pricing here.


  • Increases knowledge of cannabis and psychostimulants.
  • Decreases pro-drug attitudes.
  • Reduces cannabis use frequency in female students.

Evidence Base

The OurFutures program was evaluated, and the evidence was published, using the name Climate Schools. Benefits of the OurFutures: Cannabis & Psychostimulants Module have been demonstrated in Australia in one research study listed below. The OurFutures programs have also been endorsed by a number of organisations as listed below. 


Vogl, L. E., Newton, N. C., Champion, K. E., & Teesson, M. (2014). A universal harm-minimisation approach to preventing psychostimulant and cannabis use in adolescents: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy, 9, 24.

The OurFutures programs received a three-star rating from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) following their comprehensive systematic review of alcohol education programs. OurFutures was the only Australian program to receive the maximum evidence rating.  

The OurFutures programs were recognised at the 2014 Society of Mental Health Research conference with the Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination award.
Australian Rotary Health

Page last reviewed: 26/07/2023

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