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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Alcohol and Drug Use"

Policies and programs that can improve health

37 results

Mass media campaigns against underage & binge drinking

Expert Opinion

Use television, radio, print, and social media efforts to increase adult awareness of underage drinking and its consequences

Alcohol and Drug Use

Medical marijuana legalization

Mixed Evidence

Allow eligible patients to use marijuana for medical purposes; often called medical marijuana laws (MMLs)

Alcohol and Drug Use

Medication-assisted treatment access enhancement initiatives

Expert Opinion

Provide medications such as methadone to individuals diagnosed with opioid use disorder in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings, usually with counseling and behavioral therapies; often called MAT

Alcohol and Drug Use

Mentoring programs: delinquency

Scientifically Supported

Enlist mentors to develop relationships and spend time individually with at-risk mentees for an extended period; mentors have greater knowledge, skills, etc. than mentees

Alcohol and Drug Use  ·  Community Safety

Minimum drinking age laws

Scientifically Supported

Maintain the current age below which the purchase or public consumption of alcoholic beverages is illegal; currently 21 in all states

Alcohol and Drug Use

Multi-component community interventions against alcohol-impaired driving

Scientifically Supported

Work to reduce alcohol-impaired driving via sobriety checkpoints, responsible beverage service training, education and awareness activities, and other efforts

Alcohol and Drug Use

Naloxone education & distribution programs

Some Evidence

Support community members who are likely to encounter individuals who might overdose with education and training to administer naloxone and ensure all first responders are trained and authorized to administer naloxone

Alcohol and Drug Use

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)

Some Evidence

Use databases, housed in state agencies, to track prescribing and dispensing of Schedule II, III, IV, and V drugs and other controlled substances

Alcohol and Drug Use

Proper drug disposal programs

Expert Opinion

Establish programs that accept expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from designated users and dispose of them responsibly

Alcohol and Drug Use  ·  Air and Water Quality

Recreational marijuana legalization

Insufficient Evidence

Allow adults to possess a limited amount of marijuana for personal, non-medical use

Alcohol and Drug Use  ·  Community Safety