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$9 Million in Grants to Bolster Local Anti-drug Programs

11/17/2000:   The epidemic of alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse that threatens our nation has many economic and social costs, but its cost to families is its greatest toll. The safety and well-being of too many children and youth is jeopardized by the devastating effects of substance abuse: homelessness, abuse and neglect, violence, and economic erosion. Studies suggest that 40-80% of children and families brought to the attention of the child welfare system have problems associated with substance abuse.

In an effort to meet the challenges posed by substance abuse problems in communities throughout the US, dialogues have begun and coalitions formed bringing together professionals, caregivers, and other community-members from a variety of disciplines.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy has recently awarded 94 different sites over nine million dollars as part of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to support these critical collaborations. This program has now awarded over 300 sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The program encourages citizen participation and community-based involvement in substance abuse reduction efforts and the dissemination of information about effective treatment and prevention programs.

These grants of up to $100,000 will allow coalitions to strengthen their coordination efforts to prevent and reduce young people's illegal use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

To find out if your community has received funding or to explore how you can become involved in your local coalition, check out this link to the press release:

http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/about/press/ojp000927.html

At the bottom of that page is a link to:

http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/dfcs/grantee/00grantees.html

--there, you can find specific information about the recipients of this grant in your state and your community!


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