By Kristen Granatek, Senior Program Manager of Prevention Services
"Last week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced new and renewed Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grantees, including 4 new Drug Free Communities in CT. Bethel, Milford, Wolcott and New London join 16 other communities from around the state with DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.
The Drug-Free Communities Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, supports community wide efforts to prevent youth substance use. CT’s 20 DFC communities receive grants of $125,000 per year for up to 5 years to facilitate youth and adult participation in local youth drug use prevention efforts.
DFCs address issues such as underage drinking; tobacco use; and marijuana and prescription drug abuse on a local level. Each DFC forms a coalition of community leaders, parents, teachers, religious organizations, healthcare professionals, law enforcement and youth to create solutions that work for the specific needs of their community.
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership applauds the state’s Drug Free Communities Grantees on the positive impact they are having on the lives of youth in their communities."
Additional information on the Drug Free Communities Support Program can be found here
For more on The Governor’s Prevention Partnership’s work to prevent youth substance abuse, go here.