NK, Other RI Towns Receive $1.1 Million to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

Programs in Barrington, Chariho, Middletown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Providence, Smithfield, Tiverton and Woonsocket are receiving federal grants to combat youth substance abuse.

Nine Rhode Island community coalitions are getting a collective $1.1 million boost in grants to help combat youth substance abuse, including North Kingstown's substance abuse task force – Working Together for Wellness.

Rhode Island's Congressional delegation announced that task forces in Barrington, Chariho, Middletown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Providence, Smithfield and Woonsocket will be receiving $1,122,062 in grants from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program. The grants are used to "strengthen partnerships among community organizations, parents, youth, schools, health care and business professionals and law enforcement. 

The grant will be split amongst nine prevention coalitions/task forces across the state that work to reduce the prevalence of drugs and help youth make healthier and safer decisions. The nine communities are:

  • Barrington Substance Abuse Task Force: $124,131
  • Chariho Tri-Town Task Force: $124,595
  • Town of Middletown: $125,000
  • Narragansett Prevention Partnership: $123,336
  • Working Together for Wellness (North Kingstown): $125,000
  • Mayor's Substance Cause Prevention Council (Providence): $125,000
  • The Smithfield Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (North Prov., Johnston and Smithfield): $125,000
  • Tiverton Prevention Council: $125,000
  • Woonsocket Task Force on Substance Abuse: $125,000

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.  DFC-funded coalitions are actively engaged in facilitating prescription drug take-back programs in conjunction with local law enforcement, as well as local policy change to effectively address the accessibility and available of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

NKGOP Watch September 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Dick, there are all kinds of issues in the NK School Transportation Dept, I'm sure this is the tip of the iceberg. Was that drug-positive driver terminated I hope?
NK Taxpayer, too September 01, 2012 at 04:22 PM
http://northkingstown.patch.com/articles/potential-union-strike-may-halt-start-of-school Richard Welch 7:22 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2012 I find it interesting that the union message is that GCA intentionally hires the wrost that society has to offer...this is just fear mongering by them...ask the ESP people about the janitor that threatened to blow up DMS or the one that was smoking on school property when told not to and was also found in a closet with his pants down, then there is the bus driver that tested positive for drugs and the union said that she promised not to do it again...yea right. Look, pay attention here, when the church can't get it's personnel right, when the police department has a dispatcher that took funds from the police union why would you think that GCA might with over 19,000 employees might not get a few bad apples? Our GCA contractor is doing everything possible to make sure that our former custodians and future hires pass very strict investagation. Wake up to the reality of the society that we live in.
NK Taxpayer, too September 01, 2012 at 04:23 PM
P O V 11:27 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Union North Kingstown Janitors: About some of the ESP union members: How about the one who wrote on the walls that there was going to be a bomb explosion in one of our schools, Or the bus driver, who flunked a drug test but the union said that she promised not to do it again. Or the Union guy who left his position to go home during a snow storm to shovel his driveway. Or the School UNION employee who refused to stop smoking on school grounds and was found with his pants down in the janitors closet. Hypocritically, the union sends out a postcard suggesting that it will be the GCA acting inappropriately.
NK Taxpayer, too September 01, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Mr. Welch: You use the word facts. You and your fellow cowardly SC members blog using monikers distorting the facts. You & the other SC members, along with Dr. Auger, have lied or omitted information about GCA and other matters pertaining to the ESP members. Simply read the truth about GSA “ GSA Services enters Federal Consent Decree to Remedy Wide Ranging Accusations of Labor Law Violations. “ and educate yourself. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gca-services-enters-federal-consent-decree-to-remedy-wide-ranging-accusations-of-labor-law-violations-131564153.html http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/10232286.html I
NK Taxpayer, too September 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Mr. Welch, Why don't you tell the public that GCA in the middle of a law suit with a national union because they omitted many facts when they enter into an aggreement with NKSD.


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