Woonsocket Task Force on Substance Abuse Gets $125K Grant

Woonsocket one of nine communities receiving portion of $1.1 million.


The state’s Congressional Delegation has announced $1,122,062 in grants from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) for nine communities, including Woonsocket.

The city's share of the grant is $125,000, which will be awarded to the Woonsocket Task Force on Substance Abuse

The funding is used to strengthen partnerships among community organizations, parents, youth, schools, health care and business professionals, and law enforcement. These coalitions work to create conditions within their communities that reduce the prevalence of drugs and help youth make decisions that keep them healthy and safe.

“Effective prevention brings together parents, teachers, coaches, and all members of the community to support young people in every aspect of their lives,” according to a joint release from the offices of U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline.

The DFC Program, administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997. It offers matching grants, with recipients providing a minimum of a one-to-one match in local funding for each federal dollar they are awarded.

According to ONDCP, recent evaluation data indicate that where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is lower. Over the life of the DFC program, youth living in DFC communities have experienced reductions in alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.

For middle school youth living in DFC-funded communities, data from the DFC National Evaluation indicate a 16 percent reduction in alcohol use, 27 percent reduction in tobacco use, and 23 percent reduction in marijuana use.  High school-aged youth have reduced their use of alcohol by 9 percent, tobacco by 16 percent, and marijuana by 7 percent in DFC-funded communities.

Mr.Sluggo September 01, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Chump change again from the Feds,while they build fighter planes at 187 million a pop,Eisenhower was right.
Still Hope September 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
$125k for zero results is plenty. Keep in mind, they pay $5k-$10k per month for each of those stupid billboards that people laugh at. I still have a DARE bear...he's my drinking buddy.
Maxin September 03, 2012 at 09:43 AM
You can not live in this town without some sort of substance to keep you sane. I know most of you are drinkers which is the worst from of substance to consume. But the government lets it be legal and hey they know what’s best don't they? Now they are saying go ahead smoke some weed people are living to long now anyhow. Don't be fooled the funding is used to strengthen partnerships among community organizations, parents, youth, schools, health care and business professionals, and law enforcement. Who are all users too, you show me one of these professionals that dose not drink or use some sort of stimulant and I will show you a Mormon.
Russell Archambault September 03, 2012 at 08:39 PM
MAXIN; I would love to be introduced to a mormon , All I seem to run across is morons. STILL HOPE here are some comments about the whole thing. as i said before on other blogs, this is not about saving anybody or getting a message out. Its about people making money and lots of it, on our dollar. We cant stop it its to big, now here are my thoughts about the latest billboard. * Billboard message Cheapens the medical profession * Do we need to be told to trust a doctor? Really important message? * Doubting doctors? Don't they take oath to save lives? * Better message to have obvious drug dealer saying "trust me"--and just say don't fall for this line? * What's the real message? Confusing? Lock up the medicine, who will have the key, Now we need to buy a safe, med cabinets don;t have locks. the whole thing is stupid I have an idea for a billboard. feature a real DRUG DEALER with a big letter message. SUCKER, ill be here for you again and again until you die.nobody cares about you. trust me


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