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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $250,000 in Drug-Free Community Grants Aimed at Preventing Youth Substance Use

October 31, 2019
Press Release
Grants Awarded to Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County

Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced two $125,000 Drug-Free Community grants for the Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (YUMADAOP) and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County. The grants come from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program from the White House’s Office of the National Drug Control Policy to engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.

“We need to put as many resources as possible to combat the issue of substance abuse in our communities, and these grants will help us do that,” said Congressman Ryan, Co-chair of the House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus. “I commend the hard work of both the Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (YUMADAOP) and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County, who each have received $125,000 to continue addressing the substance abuse issues faced by our struggling communities. Their goal and mine are the same: to make Mahoning County and the City of Youngstown a safe and drug-free place for our young people.”

“Funding from the Drug Free Communities grant will enable YUMADAOP through our Coalition for Health Promotion project to continue to provide substance abuse prevention services for youth and families,” said Darryl Alexander, the Executive Director of YUMADAOP. “This will create a healthier community where young people can thrive because they are not engaged in substance use. We are thankful for the support of Congressman Tim Ryan and Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown in securing these funds for communities across America.”

“This valuable funding strengthens our ability to protect local citizens of every age from substance use disorders and associated issues,” said Angela DiVito, the Executive Director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County. “Nationally, the projected savings from effective drug-prevention programming is $1:$28, meaning every dollar spent on prevention saves $28 in treatment and other societal costs. As a community drug-prevention coalition, we gather local data, educate local youth and adults about substance use, inform community attitudes, and impact access to drugs because of the financial and training support the Drug-Free Communities grant.”

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners by creating and sustaining a reduction in local youth substance use. This program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use.