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NCJ Number: 211448 Find in a Library
Title: Schools and the Community Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Environment: Opportunities for Prevention
Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Beltsville, MD 20705-3102
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the role of schools in implementing environmental, community-based alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention strategies.
Abstract: From an environmental prevention perspective, individual behavior, including ATOD behavior, is shaped by social, cultural, political, and economic processes within our communities. As such, ATOD prevention programs grounded in an environmental prevention model view ATOD problems as a community issue that requires a community solution. This article first discusses the importance of community and school involvement in the development and implementation of environmental ATOD prevention strategies. The second section focuses on the role of schools in championing specific policy changes concerning the rules and regulations governing ATOD use within the community, such as policies that restrict alcohol and tobacco advertisements targeting children and policies that restrict alcohol sales at family-oriented events. The third section discusses how school boards, administrators, faculty, parents, and students can become involved in the implementation process of the environmental ATOD prevention strategy. Indeed, it is the full participation of the community that will bring about positive societal change.
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Community action programs; Community involvement; Public schools; School influences on crime; Youth community involvement
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