Gibbs Announces Drug-Free Communities Grant for Stark County

September 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-7) announced a $125,000 grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program for the Drug Free Stark County community coalition. The DFC Support Program aims to strengthen the efforts of local agencies and non-profit groups to prevent and reduce drug use among youth.

“Stark County, like the rest of Ohio, is experiencing the effects of the rising opioid epidemic and its devastating impact on families and neighborhoods,” said Congressman Gibbs.  “Overcoming this crisis requires a comprehensive community effort to target the root of the problem before it takes hold. Working with youth to prevent and treat drug abuse is an important part of that, and I congratulate the Drug Free Stark County community coalition on their grant award.”

“Prevention is a key component of curbing the tide of Ohio’s and Stark County’s opiate epidemic,” said Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Executive Director John Aller. “The work of the Drug Free Stark County coalition is critical to educating youth, families and the community about the dangers of substance abuse. We are pleased to accept this award on behalf of the community and plan to use it to continue education efforts among local schools, youth groups and within the community.”

More information on the DFC Support Program can be found here.