(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced $500,000 in grant funding for the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program has been awarded to California’s 1st District. Coalitions in Auburn, Chico, Redding, and Red Bluff will each receive $125,000. The purpose of the grants is to provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.

LaMalfa said: “With the ongoing opioid crisis sweeping the entire nation, including Northern California, it is important to prevent substance abuse among our youth. This program brings our communities together and equips them to focus on real world problems we face today. This is an investment in the education of our youth so they can be productive members of society, as well as improve the long-term health of our communities.”

Richard Baum, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said: “We’re losing more than 60,000 people per year to drug overdose, but if we can stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place, we can save lives. Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are bringing together parents groups, schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of the community.”

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.