MOUNT VERNON — Knox Substance Abuse Action Team will have additional funds to assist its efforts to combat the opiate epidemic that has its grip on Knox County.
According to a press release issued by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, KSAAT will receive one of 27 $125,000 Drug Free Communities grants
In 1997, Portman co-authored the Drug-Free Communities Act, which supports evidence-based, community-oriented drug prevention program. The program is designed to be optimally effective and accountable by capping the amount spent on administrative and overhead expenses, requiring all coalitions that receive grants to have experience in drug abuse prevention, as well as matching federal funding with dollar-for-dollar local funds. No other drug prevention program has achieved the same reductions in youth drug use that have been achieved consistently by the DFC program, according to Portman.
“The Drug-Free Communities program is a proven, evidence-based, community-oriented and accountable program that reduces substance abuse among our nation’s youth. Sadly, amidst the worst drug crisis our nation has ever seen, it is needed now more than ever. These 27 grants will help those on the frontlines in Ohio combat this crisis as we work together to turn the tide of addiction. I’m pleased that my Drug-Free Communities legislation is working to address the comprehensive challenge of combating addiction.”