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Int J Trauma Nurs. 1999 Jan-Mar;5(1):10-6.

Youth Alternative Sentencing Program: a description and evaluation of an alcohol and marijuana intervention program.

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Department of Trauma Support Services, Loma Linda University Medical Center, California, USA.


An alternative program was designed for youth who were charged with an alcohol or marijuana offense in San Bernardino County, California. In place of a conviction, the youth could attend an extended educational program that emphasized their ability to change behavior and to understand the consequences of risk-taking behavior. An evaluation was completed by the participants, demonstrating that this population of youth began to experiment with alcohol and marijuana around 12 and 13 years of age. A large number of youths were identified for nontraffic offenses, which offered an opportunity to intervene before members of this population become involved in a motor vehicle crash.

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