Kaptur: $125,000 “Drug-Free Communities” federal grant to go to Erie County Health Department

August 30, 2018
Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today announced a continuation grant of $125,000 in federal funds to the Erie County Health Department, operated by the Partners for Prevention of Erie County. The grant is part of the Drug-Free Communities program, administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

“As the opioid crisis continues to ravage our communities in Ohio, now more than ever, we need sustained federal help in the efforts to prevent drug use among our most vulnerable citizens,” said Kaptur. “These funds and the continuation of this grant offer vital assistance to Erie County and its community partners in law enforcement, education and non-profit advocacy, in their daily efforts to prevent drug use and reduce the devastating impact of addiction.”

“I commend Erie County and its people for rolling up their sleeves and working together to mitigate substance abuse problems,” Kaptur continued. “Their dedication inspires me to keep fighting in Washington for the resources needed to combat this crisis in Ohio.”

The Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC) has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and about 9,000 volunteers across the country to provide local solutions for local drug issues. Coalition partners are well-situated to effectively address drug trends such as methamphetamines, illicit prescriptions, synthetic drug use and other harmful substances because they have the infrastructure to take a comprehensive approach to tackling these issues.

Learn more about the work of the Partners for Prevention of Erie County here.

In 2017, Kaptur was part of a bipartisan effort to protect Office of National Drug Control Policy, which administers the Drug-Free Communities grant program, from being slashed by the Trump Administration. Read more about that effort and her letter here