The ACT Drug Free Community Coalition, which is led by the LAHC-Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities in Dearborn, will receive $ 125,000 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Drug Free Communities Support Program.
The grant was announced recently by US Representative Debbie Dingell (D-12th District), who helped fight for funding.
The funds will be used to implement programs to prevent substance use among youth, including the abuse of prescription drugs, marijuana and tobacco.
“This essential funding will help LAHC [and the A.C.T. Drug Free Community Coalition] continue their important work to address the serious risks of drug and tobacco use, ”Dingell said. “Tackling the drug addiction problem in our local community will require local solutions. I will continue to work with LAHC and others to fight addiction and remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.
The mission of the ACT Drug Free Community Coalition is to prevent and reduce drug addiction among youth through community partnerships. The coalition uses strategies based on scientific research that have been shown to be a critical component in reducing youth substance use and abuse in the community. Through prevention efforts such as community and family education, training of coalition partners, student programs, special events and advocacy, the coalition has made concrete changes at the community level by reducing the number of stores. tobacco and vape, as well as marijuana dispensaries, which sell to minors. Other programs include education and resources to ensure the safe disposal of prescription drugs, including bilingual parenting programs and safe drop-off days for disposal.
“LAHC and the ACT Drug Free Community Coalition want to help the community in every way imaginable and this program will ensure that we affect the lives of our community members in real and impactful ways,” said Wassim Mahfouz, Senior Executive Director of LAHC. . “The ACT Drug Free Community Coalition surveyed the neighborhoods we serve to determine which substances are the most problematic in the community and need to be treated. We then modeled our program around the three substances collectively determined by this community: marijuana, tobacco and prescription drugs. “
Preventing prescription drug abuse is one of the main measures of effectiveness for local drug-free communities coalitions, and coalitions nationwide have led innovative prevention initiatives to raise awareness of the risks associated with drug-free drugs. abuse of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs. The 2020 Drug-Free Communities National Assessment Report found that at least 96% of college youth and 88% of high school youth report that they have not used tobacco or tobacco products in the past 30 years. last days in drug-free communities.