We All Need to Work Together to deal with the
Number ONE Public Health Issue
Parents, Schools, Police, or Profesionals cannot do it alone!
We Need EVERYONE To See
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS...
and TO GET INVOLVED!!!!
LIST OF DRUG-ABUSE
COMMUNITY ACTION GROUPS,
COALITIONS, and TASK FORCES
FINGER LAKES REGION :
Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties
Ontario County: c/o Jennifer Brownell, 8 Coy Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
|Tobacco Action Coalition of
Finger Lakes c/o , 1595 Elmwood Ave, Rochester NY 14620
|Finger Lakes Collegiate Task
Force, c/o Karen Pelc, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Jefferson Rd, Rochester NY
|Southern Tier Tobacco Action Coalition, c/o
Connie Scudder, American Lung Association,
P.O. Box 858, Corning, N.Y. 14830 (607) 962-2439
|Seneca County Substance Abuse Task Force, c/o
Mary Grace, 31 Thurber Dr., Waterloo NY 13165
|Wayne Behavioral Health Consortium, PO Box 491,
Lyons, NY 14489
|Mothers Against Drunk Driving, c/o Maureen
Anstee, 1937 Clyde-Marengo Rd, Clyde, NY (315 923-7343)
|C.A.R.E. c/o Council on
Alcoholism, 218 Lake St. Plaza, Penn Yan, NY 14527 (315 536-2435)
| TAKE ACTION:
5 POLICIES AMERICA MUST
ADOPT TO REDUCE AND PREVENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
-- A Report from a JOIN
TOGETHER National Policy Panel --
Substance Abuse is a national problem, but
reducing it requires the work of every community and of every concerned citizen. Each
community MUST DEVELOP a COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY for reducing alcohol, tobacco and
illicit drug use, coordinated across institutions and among individual citizens.
The following policies can dramatically reduce substance abuse and the
harm it causes. They are based upon first-hand experiences and on national surveys of
community leaders over the last five years as well as on four national policy panels that
studied underage drinking, criminal justice issues, and substance abuse prevention and
treatment. JOIN TOGETHER (a national leading resource for ideas and technology to
fight alcohol abuse, tobacco and illicit drugs) found unanimity from community leaders on
these five themes!!!
These policies will work... but only if you make them work. Share them
with elected officials and urge them to support them. Develop a plan for putting them into
action and seeing them through to achieve success. You will change your community for
I: COMPEL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR
CRIMINAL OFFENDERS! Study after study demonstrates
the success of treatment in helping dependent people become alcohol/drug free and in
reducing crime, violence and associated costs. A 1994 California study showed that illegal
activity dropped 48% after treatment - and, the longer the length of stay in treatment the
higher the reduction. The system should compel offenders with substance abuse problems to
undergo treatment either as a sentence or condition of release.
II. ENSURE THAT EVERY PERSON WHO HAS AN
ADDICTION GETS TREATMENT! Treatment of substance abuse saves us all money!
According to a RAND Study, every dollar spent on treatment saves more than $7 in crime,
business and health care costs. Treatment may be the most cost effective way of reducing
substance abuse, and even short periods of abstinence reap positive returns to society. We
must address the decline in public spending for programs, and inadequate health insurance
III. MAKE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AN URGENT
PRIORITY IN EVERY COMMUNITY! All young people are At-Risk of becoming substance
abusers, therefore we must enact an urgent agenda of prevention that strengthens
enforcement of underage drinking and tobacco use and illicit drug laws, that targets
high-risk youth, and that addresses comprehensive substance abuse education.
IV. INCREASE TAXES ON ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO! There is a wealth of data demonstrating that increases in
federal, state and local taxes on alcohol and tobacco reduce their consumption and related
injuries and deaths - especially among youth. Higher taxes as such, also have the support
of 95% of community leaders. Also, additional revenues from higher taxes should be
earmarked for funding more alcohol/drug prevention and treatment programs.
V. PROVIDE MEDIA TIME FOR COUNTER-ADVERTISEMENTS PORTRAYING
THE HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL THAT IS EQUAL TO THE TIME SPENT PROMOTING
ALCOHOL! The alcohol and tobacco industries spend billions of dollars every
year in advertising. One brewer alone spends more on advertising than the entire budget of
the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism! Media pressure has been
demonstrated to be as great an influence with many youth, as peer pressure or parental
influence. In order to level the playing and give sound, consistent factual information,
all TV, radio and print media should be required to provide equal time for advertisements
about the health risks of alcohol and tobacco, on a voluntary basis.
PUBLIC POLICY IS EVERYONE'S
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
AND COMMUNITY LEADERS...