is a plan or course of action intended to influence
and determine decisions, actions and other matters.
Policy is one of several power strategies. Prevention
professionals and practitioners must pay attention
to emerging policy and more important, be part of
the creative process in developing or influencing
effective prevention policy. Substance
abuse prevention policy includes laws, rules, and
regulations that serve to control availability of
tobacco, alcohol and other substances. Pricing,
deterrence, restricted availability and restricted
use are examples of policy strategies. They are
used in organizations, agencies, institutions and
workplaces - public and private - at all local,
state, and national levels.
of Policy Strategies used in organizations,
agencies, institutions and workplaces - public and
private - at all local, state, and national levels
that have demonstrated effectiveness are:
blood alcohol content limited to 0.08
deterrents to using alcohol, e.g. suspend drivers
license for underage drinking convictions.
excise tax on purchase of tobacco and alcohol
restricted and/or banned in public places
and density of alcohol retail outlets limited
For more information on prevention strategies, please
Up: The Impact of Substance Abuse on State
National Center of Addiction and Substance
Abuse at Columbia University
study covers 16 areas of state spending including
criminal and juvenile justice, transportation,
health care, education, child welfare, and
welfare - revealing
that in 1998 states spent conservatively $81.3
billion dollars on substance abuse and addiction
-- 13.1 percent of the $620 billion in total
state spending. Of each such dollar, 96 cents
went to shovel up the wreckage of substance
abuse and addiction; only four cents to prevent
and treat it.
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