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Science-Based Prevention

"Policy" 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.

Examples 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:

Legal blood alcohol content limited to 0.08
Provided deterrents to using alcohol, e.g. suspend drivers license for underage drinking convictions.
Increased excise tax on purchase of tobacco and alcohol products
Smoking restricted and/or banned in public places
Location and density of alcohol retail outlets limited

For more information on prevention strategies, please see:

"Critical Choices: Making Drug Policy at the State Level"
Environmental Prevention Strategies: An Introduction & Overview
Integrating Environmental Change Theory Into Prevention Practice



Shoveling Up: The Impact of Substance Abuse on State Budgets

released January, 2001
by the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University


This 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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