CLINTON — The Clinton Substance Abuse Council has been awarded a $100,000 Drug Free Communities grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Sen. Chuck Grassley announced the grant awards Wednesday. CSAC was one of seven organizations to receive a grant. The grants awarded through the Drug Free Communities Program totaled $699,083. Grassley first authored the Drug Free Communities Program in 1997 and fought to reauthorize the program last year.

“The best way to stop substance abuse is to make sure it never starts,” Grassley said. “Iowans working in their communities directly with young people can make a tremendous difference in the lives of their kids.”

The Drug Free Communities Support Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community coalitions that mobilize their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug and inhalant abuse. The program acts as a catalyst for increased citizen participation in efforts to reduce substance use among youth and it provides drug-free community coalitions with much-needed funds to carry out their important missions.

The Dubuque County Safe Youth Coalition in Dubuque received a grant in the amount of $99,083. Organizations also receiving grants in the amount of $100,000 were the Hamilton County Power UP YOUth Coalition in Webster City, Ottumwa Substance Abuse Task Force, Positively Spencer Youth, Inc. in Spencer, Washington County ACCT/SAFE Coalition in Washington and the Valley Community Coalition including, Clermont, Elgin and Wadena.

The Drug Free Communities Program also gives the opportunity for successful coalitions to apply for additional funds to mentor new coalitions.

The supplemental grants are intended to support and encourage the development of new, self-supporting community coalitions focused on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

In Iowa, Grassley founded a community-based anti-drug coalition called “Face It Together” to support efforts by parents, educators, businesses, religious leaders, law enforcement officials, health care providers, youth groups and news organizations to combat illegal drugs.

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