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Grant trickles down locally

September 2, 2011

At least one local organization will benefit
from a Drug Free Community Support
National Drug Control Policy Director Gil
Kerlikowske has announced $12.3 million in
the form of grants to Drug Free Community
support programs in 87 communities and 20
new DFC Mentoring grants across the country.
These awards are in addition to the $76
million in continuation grants being simultaneously
released to 607 currently funded
DFC coalitions and twelve DFC Mentoring
continuation coalitions. The grants will provide
the community coalitions with needed
support to prevent and reduce substance
abuse among the nation’s youth.
The Poteau School District has been
awarded a $125,000 award in the form of a
continuation grant to support its role in the
the Drug Free Communities program.
“The most powerful tool we have to
address our nation’s drug problem is preventing
it before it even begins,” said Director
Kerlikowske. “Research shows that every
dollar invested in drug education and prevention
programs saves up to ten dollars in costs
related to treatment for substance use.
President Obama understands how the hard
work of local community leaders, youth, parents,
educators, healthcare professionals,
faith-based leaders, law enforcement officials,
and others can strengthen communities
and save kids’ lives.”

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