The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3388.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 8:30 PM

Abstract #68663

SESSION ABSTRACT - State and community drug policies and their relationship to youth drug attitudes and use patterns

Duane C. McBride, PhD, Institute for the Prevention of Addiction, Andrews University, U.S. 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49104, 269-471-3576, and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD, Health Program, RAND Corporation, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138.

Session Abstract:

There has been considerable national debate about which drug policies are the most effective at reducing drug use and its negative consequences. States appear to be the most active testing ground for developing new strategies and policies. In this session, we present state, community and school-level data collected as part of the Bridging the Gap initiative, describe the variation in state and community approaches to drug policy, and examine the relationship between specific policy strategies and youth drug attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, four papers will be presented. The first presentation discusses trends in state drug scheduling and statutory penalties for selected drugs from 1999-2001. The second analysis describes variation in state medical marijuana laws and will examine the association between specific aspects of these laws and youth marijuana use. The third presentation examines the availability and use of school-based treatment services and evaluates how they relate to student drug and alcohol use. Finally, the fourth presentation presents findings describing the relationship between juvenile justice processing outcomes for first-time marijuana possession offenders and youth marijuana use and attitudes. Taken as a whole, these analyses suggest that scientific research of state and community policies could play a significant role in informing the national policy debate.

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Keywords: Other Drugs, Public Policy

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Bridging the Gap/ImpacTeen Project
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

State and Community Drug Policies and Their Relationship to Youth Drug Attitudes and Use Patterns

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA