Walberg Announces Drug-Free Communities Grants to Combat Youth Drug Abuse
Jackson, Mich.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today announced that four organizations in Michigan's 7th District have been awarded a total of $500,000 in Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. SRSLY Chelsea, SRSLY Dexter, the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition each received grants of $125,000. The grants will provide funding to involve and engage the community to prevent substance abuse among youth, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.
“The opioid crisis is tearing apart families in Michigan, and preventing drug use early on will help young people make healthy choices and lead to safer communities,” said Congressman Walberg. “These organizations are already doing critical work to educate the next generation about the dangers of drug abuse, and I’m pleased to see their positive results recognized and supported. These grants will allow their good work to continue and spread to other communities in need.”
“We’re losing more than 60,000 people per year to drug overdose, but if we can stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place, we can save lives,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are bringing together parents groups, schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of the community.”
Background on the Drug-Free Communities Support Program
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.