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6.  Jay County Archival Indicators of Risk

6.3 Availability of Drugs to Youth: Failed TRIP Inspections

Thanks to the outstanding work of the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program (TRIP), we have additional data concerning the availability of tobacco products to youth, such as the locations of outlets that sold to youth and the number of total inspections and of failed inspections in each county where inspections were held in 2002.  In Jay County, there were 4 failed TRIP inspections of 26 total inspections of the county’s 34 outlets.

Community Risk Factor:  Availability of Drugs

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

2003

        Science-Based Prevention Programs and Principles 2002.  Rockville, MD.

Howard, K. A., K.N. Ribisl, B. Howard-Pitney, G.J. Norman, L.A. Rohrback

2001       “What Factors Are Associated with Local Enforcement of Laws Banning Illegal            Tobacco Sales to Minors?” Preventive Medicine 33, 63-70.

The sale of tobacco to youth is a clear indicator of the availability of drugs to youth and of the attitude of at least some members of the community with regard to the seriousness of the issue.  Therefore we have included some aspects of the TRIP data here and some aspects under “Community Norms.”   The use of compliance checks has been found to be an effective environmental strategy.  (Howard, et al. 2001)  CASP names “ready access to tobacco”  a factor that increases the likelihood of drug use by youth and “active enforcement of youth access laws using unannounced compliance checks” a prevention strategy shown to successfully reduce such sales. (CSAP 2003:8-9)  Therefore, CSAP promotes increased levels of enforcement as part of a larger effort to reduce youth smoking.  (CSAP 2003:8-9)  

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