Strategies for reducing youth substance use

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Provide Information

Educating stakeholders (e.g., community members, municipal stakeholders, tobacco retailers,) on various substance regulations

Educating youth and families on the risks associated with substance use

Sharing latest data with stakeholders

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Build Skills

Training package stores, bars and restaurants

Providing opportunities for middle schoolers to practice refusal skills

Hosting conferences and workshops for parenting and prevention skills

Providing in-service training for law enforcement

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Provide support & reduce risk

Providing opportunity for creative student social media projects; social norming projects.

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change consequences

Convening a work group to explore supportive changes to school-based consequences

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change physical design

Adding vape detectors in restrooms

Installing ID scanners at establishments that sell alcohol

Building gates at parks that have underage drinking or drug use

Increasing police patrols in hotspot areas

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Modify policies

Strengthening local licensing policies

Rewriting the Substance Misuse Prevention Policy for Scituate Public Schools

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Establish Barriers or enhance treatment

Implementing local control policies (e.g., limit youth access to marijuana)

Conducting compliance checks

Enforcing substance regulations

Offering psycho-educational support groups for high school students

Conducting confidential Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) health screenings in 8th and 10th grade