The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently awarded two New Hampshire drug prevention coalitions $250,000 in Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants.
Grants were awarded to the All Together in the Upper Valley region and the Keene YMCA Community Coalition on Youth Substance Use for their youth substance abuse prevention efforts.
DFC coalitions have contributed to a decline in prescription drug misuse among participants and have led innovative opioid prevention initiatives.
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) announced the awards.
“Youth drug prevention coalitions do lifesaving work to protect children from substance misuse in our effort to stop another generation from succumbing to this epidemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the substance use disorder crisis, we need to ensure these programs have the resources they need to maintain existing programs and reach more people,” Shaheen said.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration supports the program.
Shaheen is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice. The department oversees many programs intended to combat substance use disorder.
Shaheen also has hosted Drug Free Communities roundtable discussions in Milford and Woodsville with youth advocates, community leaders, school administrators, and students.