New York task force receives federal grant

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The federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program recently awarded a $103,864 grant to the Amherst Task Force for Healthy Communities & Healthy Youth to prevent substance abuse among the town’s youth.

The task force will use the funding to increase its reach, provide parents with tools and strategies to address substance abuse with their children, and educate youth about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

The Drug-Free Communities Act created the DFC Support Program in 1997 to provide federal grants to communities combatting local youth substance abuse. The Office of National Drug Control Policy administers the program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention manages it.

“Peer pressure and an undeveloped understanding of the real consequences of substance abuse make young people especially vulnerable,” U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), a member of the Congressional Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, said. “Education and outreach are key to prevention. We commend the coalition of government, school, faith, and youth partners working together in Amherst to support teens and families. This federal funding will expand that important work.”

The House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would provide $5 billion in federal funding to help communities address the opioid epidemic.

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