Local communities get federal grants for drug prevention programs

Twenty-five Ohio organizations, including some locally, will receive $125,000 grants for drug prevention programs, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Wednesday.

The grants were announced through the Drug-Free Communities Act, which provides matching federal grants for programs aimed at drug prevention. Portman authored the bill in 1997, when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Among the 25 Ohio organizations that received grants were the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition, the Coalition for a Healthy Middletown; the Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Fairfield and the Butler County Coalition.

“I have seen firsthand that prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and this funding helps youth throughout Ohio make healthy choices about substance use,” Portman, R-Ohio, said in a prepared statement announcing the grants.. “These 25 grants, including two new recipients, will help those on the frontlines in Ohio combat this crisis as we work together to turn the tide of addiction.”

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