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Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence receives grant

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Future without Drug Dependence (FWDD) from Tahoe-Truckee was a recent grant recipient and will receive $125,000 a year for five years in Drug Free Communities Support Program grant funds to involve and engage the local community to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced $12.3 million in new Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants to 87 communities and 20 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. The awards are in addition to the nearly $76 million in Continuation grants simultaneously released to 607 currently funded DFC coalitions and 12 DFC Mentoring Continuation coalitions.

and#8220;Efforts to keep our youth drug free are critical to healthy and safe communities here in Tahoe-Truckee,and#8221; said Glen Harelson, coalition chair. and#8220;The Drug Free Communities program recognizes the great potential of FWDD to help save the lives of youths. This new funding will allow FWDD to mobilize and organize the community to prevent and reduce youth substance use.and#8221;

ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske said, and#8220;Data show that community efforts to reduce youth substance use through the DFC program are effective. I commend coalitions like FWDD who work tirelessly to prevent and reduce youth drug use across the nation.and#8221;

The Drug Free Communities program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The DFC program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, the media, and others working together at the local level.

Tahoe-Truckee FWDD was one of 87 new grantees selected from 452 applicants through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. To qualify for matching grants, all awardees must have at least a six-month history of working together on substance abuse reduction initiatives, have representation from 12 specific sectors of the community, develop a long-term plan to reduce substance abuse, and participate in the national evaluation of the DFC program.

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FWDD will specifically work to address underage drinking, marijuana and prescription drug abuse among youth.

The DFC program was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997, and was reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded nearly 2,000 Drug Free Communities grants to local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Palau, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

More information about the Drug-Free Communities Program is available at http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/dfc.

To volunteer for Tahoe-Truckeeand#8217;s youth substance abuse prevention efforts please contact FWDD at 530-546-1924 or e-mail FWDD@ttcf.net.

TT- FWDD ( Tahoe Truckee Future without Drug Dependence) is holding itand#8217;s third Rx Medication Take Back Day and we have sites in both Tahoe City and Truckee, Saturday Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously, at Nevada County Sheriff Substation-Truckee, 10879 Donner Pass Road, Truckee and Tahoe City Fire Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Please mark out personal info on Rx bottles. Help protect the water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect the community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. A collaborative effort of FWDD The (Future without Drug Dependence) Coalition, Placer and Nevada County Sheriff and Health and Human Services, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, water quality and waste management and the DEA.

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