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Tenney Secures $375,000 in Drug-Free Communities Funding

Coalitions in the 22nd District to Receive Critical Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic

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Washington, August 30, 2018 | comments

Herkimer, NY—Today, Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22), a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, announced grants totaling $375,000 for the Community Partnership Coalition of Herkimer County, BRIDGES Hamilton Area Community Coalition and the Broome Opioid Abuse Council. Each coalition will receive $125,000 in Drug-Free Communities (DFC) funds to involve and engage the local community to prevent substance use among youth.

“Last year the opioid scourge took the lives of 114 people in the 22nd District. Shockingly, this number is nearly 10 percent of the total opioid deaths statewide. Drug Free Communities (DFC) funding will save lives by providing our coalitions with the means to educate our youth and protect future generations from substance abuse,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “Our local coalitions make a difference and play a vital role in educating the public to prevent substance abuse, especially among our youth. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with those who have overcome their battle with addiction because of the important services these grants fund. I am grateful the federal government heard our call and is taking real action to combat this scourge and save lives.”

Prescription drug abuse prevention is one of the core measures of effectiveness for local DFC coalitions, and coalitions nationwide have led innovative opioid prevention initiatives. DFC’s 2017 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report found that at least 97% of middle school and 94% of high school youth report that they have not misused prescription drugs in the past 30-days in DFC communities.

Rep. Tenney has been a longtime advocate for programs that provide a comprehensive and targeted approach to combat the opioid epidemic.

Initially, President Trump’s budget proposed to move two grants out of the ONDCP office and reduce funding by nearly 95 percent. The proposal aimed to redirect the ONDCP’s two main grant programs, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) grant and the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Act, to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. Rep. Tenney opposed this move and signed a bipartisan letter to Mick Mulvaney outlining serious concerns.

Throughout the past months, Rep. Tenney has championed the efforts to fund these important measures in the House.

Rep. Tenney also voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act which provided an additional $6 billion in funds to combat the opioid crisis and earlier this year, called on the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund the President’s Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration.

 

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