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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces $1,250,000 Of Federal Funding To Anti-Drug Programs In Eastern Connecticut

September 22, 2017
Press Release

NORWICH, CT ---- Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program has awarded $1,250,000 in grants to programs in a number of eastern Connecticut towns that work to reduce local youth substance abuse. The DFC program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“The rising tide of prescription opioid and heroin addiction continues to harm our communities,” said Courtney. “We need all hands on deck response to deal with this epidemic, and this federal funding will go a long way in helping these local treatment programs to fight back against this vexing epidemic of drug addiction. Starting with youth education is one of the best ways to ensure the next generation understands the dangers associated with narcotic drug use and remain drug-free. I know that these programs will put this funding to good use.”

The awarded programs are:

  • Enfield Together Coalition – $125,000
  • East Haddam Local Prevention Council – $125,000
  • Windham Substance Abuse Task Force – $125,000
  • Coalition For a Healthy Empowered Community (Hebron) – $125,000
  • Putnam Reduction In Drugs for Everyone (PRIDE) – $125,000
  • Ledge Light Health District (New London) – $125,000
  • New London Community & Campus Coalition – $125,000
  • Southeastern Regional Action Council on Substance Abuse (Waterford) – $119,340
  • Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (Deep River) – $125,000

The DFC Support Program is a matching federal grant where each community provides a minimum of one-to-one match in local funding for each Federal dollar awarded, thereby doubling the federal government’s investment while leveraging local support.

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