The White House Drug Policy Office announced that Pendleton County Schools will receive a new Drug Free Communities grant for $625,000 over five years to work through their community coalition to prevent youth substance use! Erlanger-Elsmere Schools and NKCES (for Campbell County) both received continuation grants of $125,000 for this year, and Williamstown Independent Schools and Boone County Schools will also benefit from this funding in their communities.
Evidence shows that young people who use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs and other harmful substances are more likely to underperform in school and life. They also are much more likely to develop substance use disorders such as addiction. Through this funding, 12 member districts of the Grants Consortium can collaborate to design and implement activities that will work in their communities to help youth stay free from harmful substances.
Many thanks to the districts that have supported these critical efforts to create healthy and drug-free environments for children, youth, and families.
White House Drug Policy Office Announces Grants for Nearly 700 Communities to Prevent Youth Substance Use
Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced $85.9 million in grants for 698 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs across the country. The grants will provide funding to local community coalitions for preventing youth substance use including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.
“The evidence-based prevention work led by local DFC community coalitions is critically needed to reduce youth substance, particularly in the midst of the national prescription opioid and heroin epidemic,” said Director Botticelli. “To fully address the opioid crisis, however, Congress must act to provide funding to make lifesaving treatment available to everyone who seeks it. The President has called for $1.1 billion in new funding for States to help expand access to treatment. Every day that passes without Congressional action to provide these additional resources is a missed opportunity to save lives.”
“Drug-Free Communities coalitions make a vital difference at the community level – reaching out to people where they live with the help they need to prevent substance use,” said SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto. “SAMHSA is honored to join the Office of National Drug Control Policy in working with community coalitions across the nation to create healthy and drug-free environments for children, youth, and families.”
DFC’s 2014 National Evaluation Report showed a significant decrease in past-30-day use of prescription drugs among youth in DFC communities. The report also found a significant decrease in past-30-day use between the first and most recent data reports for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among middle school and high school youth in DFC communities.
For more information about the Administration’s efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences, or to learn more about the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.