U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the announcement of Drug-Free Community grants in Ohio on Thursday.
The grants, founded by Portman in 1997, support evidence-based, community-oriented drug prevention programs and are designed to improve effectiveness and accountability in the programs by capping the amount spent on administrative and overhead expenses and to match federal funding with local funds.
“The Drug-Free Communities program is a proven, evidence-based, and community-oriented program that reduces substance abuse among our nation’s youth. I authored this legislation more than 20 years ago during my time in the House of Representatives, and it remains today the most effective program for consistently reducing youth drug use. I founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, now PreventionFIRST!, as a comprehensive effort to address youth substance abuse, and it’s something I care deeply about,” Portman said. “I have seen firsthand that prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and this funding helps youth throughout Ohio make better, more healthy choices. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for those struggling with addiction, and these grants will help those on the frontlines in Ohio continue their hard work to save lives.”
Grants of $125,000 were awarded to the Springfield Area Prevention Coalition of The Village of Holland and Springfield Township, Ohio; United Prevention Partnership – UPP of Jefferson County, Ohio; The Clark County Substance Abuse Coalition of Clark County, Ohio; the Prevention Partners Coalition of Butler County, Ohio; the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County of Clermont County, Ohio; Knox Substance Abuse Action Team of Knox County, Ohio; and Drug Free Marion Coalition of Marion County, Ohio.