There are numerous public policy areas that impact the extent to which substance abuse is a problem in the community.  Prevention Specialists may be called upon to be an advocate with local officials and others to weigh in on laws, regulations, and policies with substance abuse implications.  Advocacy related to public affairs is one aspect of an environmental approach in substance abuse prevention.  You may recall that environmental approaches are one of six major strategies promoted by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  In this module with will look at what environmental prevention is all about.

The contents of this module are directly related to the Public Policy and Environmental job domain in the IC&RC job analysis framework.