A press release from McHenry County:
Office of National Drug Control Policy Awards $125,000 to McHenry County SAC
The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (SAC), in collaboration with the McHenry County Regional Office of Education, has been awarded a 5 year, $125,000/yr Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
The purpose of the DFC grant is to involve the community, particularly youth, in prevention of the use of marijuana, prescription drugs, alcohol and heroin among youth in McHenry County.
The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over 5 years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts.
The DFC grant award to the SAC is the result of a 6 month collaborative effort among several County entities, including:
- the McHenry County Mental Health Board
- the McHenry County Regional Office of Education
- the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition
- the McHenry County Underage Drinking Task Force
- Woodstock District 200
- Harvard District 5
- the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
The SAC was one of only five coalitions awarded the grant in Illinois.
Its work will focus on addressing the use of
- prescription drug
The Illinois Youth Survey completed by McHenry County Youth in 2012 indicated these were the most widely used substances among youth ages 12-18.
The survey indicated a high level of acceptance of the use of these drugs among youth and adults.
The Coalition is committed to reducing early substance abuse among youth.
Research shows that youth who engage in substance abuse often progress to using more addictive substances such as heroin.