BANGOR – September 8, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, announced the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will award Healthy Aroostook Coalition, a program of Aroostook County Action Program, Healthy Sebasticook Valley Coalition, a program of Sebasticook Valley Health and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County each $125,000 as part of the FY 2015 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.
“We all know that drug abuse can break families apart and can be detrimental to individuals and entire communities alike,” said Congressman Bruce Poliquin. “The Drug-Free Communities Support Program will help provide the necessary resources for our Maine coalitions to help curb drug abuse.”
According to ONDCP, the FY 2015 awards are part of a cohort of 188 new and 486 continuation grantees across the Nation. With the premise that local problems need local solutions, the DFC Program supports communities as they mobilize individuals and organizations to reduce youth substance use. The 2014 DFC National Evaluation Report has concluded that among middle and high school students across the Nation, DFC-funded community coalitions consistently have lower rates of past 30-day youth substance use.
Additionally, the following Maine coalitions will receive $125,000 in funding as part of the DFC Continuation Grantees:
Healthy Acadia (Bar Harbor)
Southern Kennebec Substance Abuse Work Group (Gardiner)
Healthy Androscoggin (Lewiston)
Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative Substance Abuse (Skowhegan)
Community Alcohol and Drug education Team (CADET)/Aroostook Substance Abuse Prevention (Caribou)
River Valley Health Communities Coalition (Rumford)
Bangor Public Health Advisory Board Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force (Bangor)