Bedford County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Partnership Awarded Grant

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White House Drug Policy Office Awards $625,000 to   Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in

Bedford County, PA

Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Prevention Among Youth

Washington D.C. – Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million.  The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol. Bedford County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Partnership was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth. 

“We know that evidence-based prevention efforts are the most effective way to reduce youth substance use and to support the roughly 90 percent of American youth who do not use drugs,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “By bringing together schools, businesses, law enforcement, parent groups, and other members of the community, DFC-funded community coalitions are helping to protect youth from the devastating consequences of non-medical prescription drug use, heroin and other substance use.”

“Our goal is to make Bedford County a safe and healthy environment for our youth,” said Bedford County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Partnership representative “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and we will use this funding to help youth in Bedford County make healthy choices about substance use.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the DFC Program.

“Community coalitions continue to drive winning strategies at the local level to reduce the rate of substance misuse,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Kana Enomoto.  “SAMHSA is pleased to join the Office of National Drug Control Policy in supporting communities that are bringing citizens together to create healthy and drug free environments for our youth.”

The DFC’s 2014 National Evaluation Report showed 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.  Bedford County Drug & Alcohol Prevention Partnership will specifically work to address reduction of the use of alcohol and marijuana by youth in our community.