Middletown will receive $125,000 to to combat youth substance abuse, the Rhode Island Congressional delegation announced on Tuesday. The money is part of a total $949,593 in federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants that is allocated across communities and organizations in Middletown, Providence, Barrington, Tiverton, Woonsocket, Westerly, and North Kingstown.
The federal funds are intended to help communities combat
youth drug abuse by supporting increased enforcement efforts and
additional educational programs on substance abuse prevention.
“We must keep fighting to combat drug abuse,
particularly among younger Rhode Islanders,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon
Whitehouse, a former RI Attorney General. “I’m proud to announce this
funding, which will help communities and organizations
work to keep our kids drug-free and our towns safe.”
The DFC Support Program bolsters enforcement,
education, and prevention efforts in local communities across the
country, and focuses specifically on youth substance abuse prevention.
The DFC is a matching federal grant; each community recipient
provides a minimum one-to-one match in local funding for every federal
The DFC Support Program was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 in order to mobilize communities to combat youth drug abuse. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) lead the DFC program.