County group lands big White House grant to help prevent youth substance use

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The Livingston County Community Alliance will receive $125,000 a year for the next five years to engage the community to prevent substance use among youth. It is one of 719 programs nationwide to receive funding through the White House Drug Policy Office.

The grant provides the LCCA with funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.

“We’re losing more than 60,000 people a year to drug overdose, but if we can stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place, we can save lives,” said Richard Baum, acting director of National Drug Control Policy. “Our local Drug Free Community coalitions are a key part of this effort because they bring together parents groups, schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of the community.”

“Our goal is to make Livingston County a safe and drug-free place for our youth,” said Kaitlin Fink, the Livingston County Community Alliance Coordinator. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and we will use this funding to help youth in Livingston County make healthy choices about substance use.”

For information on the Livingston County Community Alliance, go to http://livingstoncountycommunityalliance.org/.

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