Posted Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
Last week, Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy, announced $84.6 million in Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants which will go to 692 communities across the U.S.
DFC grants provide local communities support to prevent youth substance use and reduce the demand for drug consumption in the nation. Kerlikowske made the announcement last week during an address to the Council on Foreign Relations.
“America’s success in the 21st century depends in part on our ability to help young people make decisions that will keep them healthy and safe,” said Kerlikowske. “We commend the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grantees on their work to raise a generation of young people equipped to remain drug-free and ready to prosper in school, in their communities, and in the workplace. While law enforcement efforts will always serve a vital role in keeping our communities safe, we know that stopping drug use before it ever begins is always the smartest and most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences.”
The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is directed by ONDCP, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
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 prevention efforts. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement and media.