Environmental Strategies to Reduce Alcohol
and Drug Use Among Youth
Public policies have a great impact on normative behaviors and affect the amount of access youth may have to illegal drugs or prescription drugs and alcoholic beverages.
Research has shown that greater access to these substances, leads to use at an earlier age—thus increasing risk. We are all in this together. Lower risk through policies:
Limit days and hours of sale;
Limit number of retail outlets;
Train servers to properly “card” young people;
Enforce ordinances such as open containers on the street and parks;
Provide warning signs;
Collect old prescription drugs & medicines on a regular basis to limit access;
Educate community leaders regarding risks;
Enforce laws regarding doctor shopping;
Report infractions to the Sheriff’s Office or to local law enforcement.