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Public Policy, Prevention

Prevention programs for substance use problems have several advantages over other interventions, including the potential for higher cost-effectiveness and an opportunity to prevent many of the harmful effects of substance use disorders before they occur. Public policy refers to the laws and regulations provided by the government and can greatly influence how and which prevention programs are implemented. Public policies drive a variety of activities related to prevention, including creating lists of evidence-based practices, implementing prevention programs, and evaluating their effectiveness. In addition, public policies may directly result in environmental prevention efforts through areas such as substance control laws and regulations. However, there have been some criticisms of these policies and their effectiveness in reducing substance use.

Five federal agencies are responsible for the majority of ...

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