PACA receives $125K grant to promote a ‘drug-free community’

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~ Press release provided by Page Alliance for Community Action on Dec. 18

Page Alliance for Community Action was recently awarded a FY2020 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Coalition (known as PACA) serves Page County, Virginia, a community of 23,821. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies:

• Increasing Coalition partnerships and capacity of Coalition partners to recognize environmental risk factors and respond accordingly.

• Encourage and facilitate collaboration among faith-based organizations, communities, families, school, business, law enforcement, substance use treatment providers, and criminal justice agencies to decrease drug use by youth.

• Provide training, technical assistance, and resources to youth, teachers, partners, and other individuals that work with children on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention topics as well as trauma informed and resilient
communities.

• Coordinate school and community-based campaigns promoting substance use prevention messaging to change the perception of norms in the community.

• Reduce youth access to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs through enforcement and by changing community policies and practices.

Learn more about PACA at www.pagecoalition.org

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