U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) applauded a $125,000 grant from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program for Oklahoma’s Creek County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership on Thursday.
The grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy would allow the partnership, in cooperation with Oklahoma State University, to use evidence-based strategies to reduce underage drinking and prescription drug misuse in young people under the age of 18 in Creek County.
“Strengthening community partnerships is critical in battling and preventing youth substance abuse. In order for our communities to remain healthy, we must connect with and educate our children on these dangers,” Lucas said. “Moving forward, we all have a role to play in preventing substance abuse, and I will continue to support our communities and fight to prevent the use of these harmful drugs in Oklahoma’s youth.”
The DFC Support program works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund community coalitions that work to reduce local youth substance use. The program recognizes that local problems need local solutions and provides the funding for local coalitions to engage their communities on several levels.
“CDC is committed to strengthening local capacity to develop innovative, community-based programs that save lives,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield. “Our partnership with the ONDCP and with community coalitions is critical to our Nation’s efforts to prevent substance use among youth.”
Creek County Substance Abuse Partnership Project said it will address the issue through social and retail access, tackling issues like social host liability laws, alcohol compliance checks, responsible beverage service and sales training, and the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescriptions drugs.