The federal drug czar’s office has awarded $22 million in new grants to 185 programs under the Drug Free Communities Support Program. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also announced $63 million in continuation grants to 549 programs. The grants provide community coalitions support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
The federal program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local youth drug prevention efforts, including prescription drug diversion and prevention initiatives and underage drinking programs. The new grantees were selected from 521 applicants through a competitive process. For more information about the grant-winners: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/dfc/files/2010_new_awards.pdf