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'Prevention is a powerful tool to counter drug use in our community,' says leader of Oregon City group

Last week, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced 150 new grants for its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.

Oregon City Together (OCT) was one of the Oct. 30 grant recipients and will receive $125,000 in DFC grant funds to involve and engage its community to prevent substance use among youth. This marks the seventh year OCT has received funding.

"Our goal is to make Oregon City a safe and drug-free place for our youth," said Laura Poore, OCT chair. "Prevention is a powerful tool to counter drug use in our community, and we will use this funding to help youth in Oregon City make healthy choices about substance use."

The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems. ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said the programs are proven to prevent substance abuse by tailoring responses to the specific needs in each community, as shown in an annual report released in June.

"We will continue expanding the number of community-based coalitions dedicated to the critical mission of stopping substance use among our youth before it starts," Carroll said. "In order to create safe and healthy places for the next generation, we must break through to our children now and educate them about the dangers of substance use."


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