Rep. Emmer announces $125,000 in Drug Free Communities grant


U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) announced Thursday that Sherburne County would receive $125,000 in grants to fight substance abuse.

The money, part of the Drug Free Communities program provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, would be provided to the Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition to combat youth substance use and abuse.

The Drug Free Communities program is a $101 million grant program that works to establish and fund communities and community programs that work to combat youth substance use.

“Initiatives like the Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition play an important role in keeping our communities safe and healthy. Teaching young people the harms that result from substance abuse will promote a healthier Sixth District. I am grateful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this strong investment in Sherburne County,” Emmer said.

Using a five-step planning process, the coalition assesses the needs of the community, develops a plan to address those needs, and evaluates programming after implementation. The coalition said it is dedicated to making its community safer and healthier by focusing on preventing youth alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said the program’s reputation and ability to win the competitive grant speak for themselves.

“The program has developed a strong reputation as a coalition that clearly shows the impact it has had on addressing youth substance use in the community with advancing policy and engagement with youth and community members,” Brott said.