Policies & Programs

Policies and programs that can improve health

filtered by "Alcohol and Drug Use" and "Support responsible marketing and provision of alcohol and other legal drugs"

15 results

Alcohol advertising restrictions

Restrict the content and placement of alcohol advertisements via local ordinances, state laws, or industry self-regulation

Evidence Rating:
Some Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Dram shop liability laws

Allow owners or servers at retail establishments where a customer recently consumed alcohol to be held legally responsible for harms inflicted by that customer

Evidence Rating:
Scientifically Supported
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Enhanced enforcement of laws prohibiting alcohol sales to minors

Initiate or increase retailer compliance checks for laws that prohibit alcohol sales to minors, often as part of a multi-faceted effort

Evidence Rating:
Scientifically Supported
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Keg registration laws

Require unique identifiable markers (e.g., purchaser’s name and address, date of birth, etc.) on returnable kegs of beer sold for private use

Evidence Rating:
Insufficient Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Mass media campaigns against underage & binge drinking

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

Evidence Rating:
Expert Opinion
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Medical marijuana legalization

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

Evidence Rating:
Mixed Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Minimum drinking age laws

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

Evidence Rating:
Scientifically Supported
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Naloxone education & distribution programs

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

Evidence Rating:
Some Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)

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

Evidence Rating:
Some Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use

Recreational marijuana legalization

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

Evidence Rating:
Insufficient Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Alcohol and Drug Use, Community Safety