U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Thursday that Kentucky would receive a total of $5 million over the next five years to combat substance abuse.
Part of the Drug Free Communities Program, the money will be given to eight communities across the state, McConnell said in a press release. McConnell said he was told about the grants by James Carrol, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
“Across Kentucky and the country, we’re investing in our comprehensive response to opioid and substance abuse. I’m grateful to Director Carroll and the dedicated Kentuckians who are working to keep drugs away from our children,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said. “Tragically, substance abuse is an ongoing problem in Kentucky. The multi-year federal resources for these programs can help educators and local leaders develop a long-term strategy to fight abuse and save lives.”
Winning the grants are:
• Butler County Educational Foundation
• Campbell County Drug Free Alliance
• Erlanger-Elsmere Board of Education
• Family & Children’s Place (Louisville)
• Graves County Fiscal Court
• Muhlenberg County Health Department
• Shawnee Transformation Youth Coalition (Louisville)
• Spencer County Public Schools
Each community will receive $125,000 annually for the next five years to fund addiction prevention efforts.
“The E3C Drug Free project and the Erlanger-Elsmere Schools are humbled and proud to be a recipient of the Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant,” said Erlanger-Elsmere Superintendent Chad D. Molley. “Thanks to Senator McConnell, this funding will provide an incredible opportunity for our school district to increase community partnerships and to offer valuable resources to our students and families. These partnerships and resources will enable us to deepen our district’s whole-child, whole-family approach to public education, which will, in turn, have a long-term positive impact on our community.”