The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently announced 150 new grants for its Drug Free Communities Support Program. Long Beach Aware will receive $625,000 in funds over five years to assist the Oceanside SAFE Coalition in involving and engaging the Oceanside community in preventing substance abuse among youth.
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. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.
The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate youth and adult participation at the community level in local youth drug use prevention efforts.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement, and media. By involving the community in a solution-oriented approach, DFC also helps those youth at risk for substance use recognize that the majority of youth choose not to use drugs.
“In order to create safe and healthy places for the next generation, we must break through to our children now and educate them about the dangers of substance use,” ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said. “The drug free communities, administered by our office across the United States, are proven prevention programs tailored to do just that by meeting the specific needs in each community.”
Sara Dowler, the chairperson for the Oceanside Safe Coalition, said the group’s goal is to make Oceanside a safe and drug free place for young residents. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community,” she said, “and we will use this funding to help youth in Oceanside make healthy choices about substance use.”
In June, ONDCP released the 2018 executive summary and end-of-year report for its DFC grant recipients, which continue to yield consistently reduced youth substances use rates.
Compiled by Mike Smollins