09.09.15

Leahy Announces $500,000 In Grants To Prevent Youth Substance Abuse In Vermont

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced $500,000 in grants to four Vermont community organizations in the latest round of funding to prevent and address youth substance abuse in the state. The grants will fund community-based approaches to preventing youth substance abuse, including prescription drugs, heroin, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.

Leahy said:  “Substance abuse leaves a devastating wake of destruction through communities across our state and our country.  It is a scourge that affects us all and will take all of us to face together, as a community.  These grants are another step toward strengthening our communities to combat youth substance abuse.”

The grants were part of $86 million awarded to nearly 700 communities across the country in Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The program is a federal grant program that has funded more than 2000 coalitions and currently mobilizes 9000 community volunteers across the country. 

A former prosecutor, Leahy has long supported and advanced community-based prevention and involvement that these grants will encourage.  Leahy cosponsored the original 1997 legislation authorizing the Drug-Free Communities Support Program and has long championed the program as the senior-most member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Vermont will receive four grants from the program to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance abuse:

 

  • $124,684 to the Alliance for Community Transformations in Bennington
  • $125,000 to West River Valley Thrives in Brattleboro
  • $125,000 to the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community
  • $125,000 to the Greater Falls Prevention Coalition in Bellows Falls

 

The grant announcements can be found here.

 

The announcement comes on the heels of Leahy’s late August visit to Bennington, where he discussed comprehensive approaches to combating drug abuse and related crimes.  Last week the Vermont Department of Health was also awarded $4 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids. 

 

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