National Prevention Strategy

Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use

National Prevention Strategy's Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use. The Strategy also identifies actions that partners including governments, businesses, health care systems, schools, community organizations and individuals can take to implement these recommendations across multiple settings. The resources in this toolkit are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the Strategy through the suggested actions below: 

  • Maintain and enforce the age 21 minimum legal drinking age (e.g., increasing the frequency of retailer compliance checks), limit alcohol outlet density, and prohibit the sale of alcohol to intoxicated persons.
  • Require installation of ignition interlocks in the vehicles of those convicted of alcohol impaired driving.
  • Implement or strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • Facilitate controlled drug disposal programs, including policies allowing pharmacies to accept unwanted drugs.
  • Implement strategies to prevent transmission of HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases associated with drug use.

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