Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $250,000 for Local Drug Free Community Initiatives

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announces $250,000 to support Drug Free Community initiatives in our area. The Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County has been awarded $125,000. And the Community Awareness and Prevention Association Coalition Community: Brecksville and Broadview Heights has been awarded $125,000.

“It is an unfortunate reality, but here in our state fatal drug overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death since 2007. Heroin and substance abuse is destroying lives, disrupting families and destabilizing communities. It is through organizations like the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County and the Community Awareness and Prevention Association Coalition Community in Brecksville and Broadview Heights that we are finally beginning to stem this tide. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure organizations like these have the resources and support they need to continue fighting to combat this horrible epidemic,” said Congressman Ryan.

As you may imagine, Drug Free Communities funding is game-changing here in Mahoning County and we are excited to be able to continue our work, bringing effective prevention to Boardman Township.  The environmental change we create now within the community will have long-ranging impact on both the current drug crisis and future efforts to nurture drug-free children into adulthood,” said Angela McClellan, MSOL, OCPS II – Executive Director of Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County.

With the premise that local problems need local solutions, the Drug-Free Communities Program is designed to support communities as they mobilize individuals and organizations to reduce youth substance use. Over time, Drug-Free Communities funded coalitions have shown significant declines in prevalence of past 30-day youth substances use. In light of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicating that levels of substance use among youth remain elevated, continued support for the Drug-Free Communities Program is critical.

This finding was provided through Fiscal Year 2016 Drug-Free Communities Support Program – which is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).