US Drug Czar Awards 24.4 Million To Youth Drug Prevention Programs

by admin on September 7, 2008

On August 27th, John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy announced that 24.4 million dollars will be granted to community drug free programs across the country.

This is in addition to the 55 million that was awarded in July to keep current programs in force.  These grants will support all 50 states, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Palau.

Additionally, there will be 14 new grants totaling nearly 1 million dollars to support mentoring programs.  This will help develop more self-supporting anti drug communities in the US.

Director Waters said, “Youth drug use has dropped 24% since 2001, due in large part to the active and effective engagement of strong community anti-drug coalitions, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

“The Drug-Free Communities program helps communities get the hard work of prevention done,” said SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D.  “By connecting local programs, systems, and funding streams through these new grants, the full force of the community will be brought to bear on preventing drug abuse and promoting healthy, productive lives.”

The Drug-Free Communities program was created under the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997.  The program has earned strong bipartisan support from the President and Congress.  Because of this the program has also earned major funding priorities.  In December 2006, President Bush and Congress passed a five-year extension of the Drug-Free Communities Act.

The program is administered in conjunction with SAMHSA.  You can find out more about SAMHSA and the government programs by visiting http://www.samhsa.gov.

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