Adams County Substance Abuse Coalition awarded $125,000 grant
8 months, 1 week ago by Denise Donley
The National Drug Control Policy is donating $7.9 million in DFC grants to 60 communities across the country to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth
The Adams County Substance Abuse Coalition was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.
The National Drug Control Policy is donating $7.9 million in DFC grants to 60 communities across the country. DFC grants are to be used to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth. This is the 10th year the Adams County Health Department received funding for the coalition.
Adams County Health Department Prevention Coordinator Alaina Tippey says, "It's always nice in this day in age when you never know what the revenue stream is going to be that we were able to secure that again this year."
The grant will be used for the substance abuse coalition to be able to send out educators to schools to do prevention based curriculum and the strong social norms marketing campaign where students are reminded most of Adams County students are not drinking and smoking, based off the surveys conducted in schools each year.
Tippey says efforts to keep our youth drug-free are critical to healthy and safe communities in Adams County and the grant helps do that.
"It helps us to fund the educators and positions to be able to go out and do the things we know work in our county," adds Tippey.
She says the new funding will allow the coalition to mobilize and organize the community to prevent youth substance abuse. The rate of overall drug use in the United States has declined by roughly 30 percent since 1979.