Senators Announce Federal Funds For NJ Youth Substance Abuse Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced $625,000 in funding to support five New Jersey coalitions working to prevent substance abuse among New Jersey’s youth. This federal funding, administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), is awarded to community coalitions that facilitate the participation of community leaders, parents, teachers, religious organizations, health care professionals, the media, law enforcement and others in local drug prevention efforts.

The five organizations — The Middlesex County Substance Abuse Coalition, Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition, Hudson County Coalition for a Drug Free Community, The Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County and Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris – will each receive $125,000.

“Drug-free environments are key to making sure our young New Jerseyans have the best chance to reach their fullest potential,” said Menendez. “From the classroom, to the school yard, to community centers — the more positive the influences are on our youth, the better equipped they will be to succeed. Funding the coalitions who have made the health, safety and future success of our youth a top priority is a critical investment in our children.”

“This federal funding is an important investment in our state’s most precious resources – our children,” said Lautenberg, who received the 2012 Congressional Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. “By working with organizations that are committed to a drug free environment, we can help ensure that New Jersey’s young people are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and in their communities.”

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