AIMS

In March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK and Welsh governments closed all schools. This meant the FRANK friends intervention could no longer be delivered. Prior to school closures, the intervention was delivered in full to five out of the twenty schools we had intended. The FRANK friends Trial Management Group did not believe this was enough schools to be able to detect any effects and recommended the study be closed. The Trial Steering Committee agreed with these recommendations.  We are working with our funder to plan how the study will restart.

If you have any questions about the study or data, please contact Dr James White (whitej11@cardiff.ac.uk)

The aim of the proposed research is to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the FRANK Friends intervention to prevent and reduce illicit drug use, using a cluster RCT design with embedded process and economic evaluations.

Primary and secondary objectives

Primary objective

  • The primary objective is to investigate whether the FRANK Friends intervention prevents the use of any illicit drug compared to usual practice at the 24-month follow-up.

Secondary objectives

The secondary objective is to investigate whether the FRANK friends intervention at 24-months follow-up, compared to usual practice:

  • Prevents the use of any illicit drug over the past 12 months, past month and week;

  • Prevents the use of specific illicit drugs (ever, past 12 months, month and week;

 

  • Reduces the use of any illicit drug over the past 12 months, past month and week;

  • Reduces the use of specific illicit drugs over the past 12 months, month and week;

 

  • Prevents cannabis dependency;

  • Prevents smoking (lifetime and weekly smoking status);

  • Reduces the frequency of alcohol consumption over the past 12 months, month and week;

  • Prevents alcohol use disorder;

  • Improves health related quality of life;

A process evaluation will seek to understand the views and experiences that students and staff have about FRANK friends. An economic evaluation will examine whether FRANK friends represents good value for money.