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Rep. Pascrell announces $125K for Secaucus Coalition

The coalition works to prevent drug addiction in local youth

The Secaucus Coalition, photo from its website.

An anti-drug coalition in Secaucus has been awarded more than a hundred thousand dollars in a federal grant, according to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Pascrell represents New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Secaucus.

On Nov. 2, Pascrell announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy had awarded $125,000 in federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) funds to the Secaucus Drug-Free Coalition. The funding will help strengthen efforts to prevent youth substance abuse in and around Secaucus.

“As every community in America continues to grapple with COVID-19, we must also remain vigilant in our fight against opioids and substance abuse,” Pascrell said.

He continued: “The Secaucus Coalition is leading the fight to keep harmful drugs out of the hands of our children, and I am elated that we have secured this funding to support their efforts. Our neighborhoods are safer thanks to their work. I will never stop fighting for critical awards like this that keep these terrific organizations funded and operational. This lifesaving grant will help keep our children safe from the scourge of substance abuse.”

Clean and sober

The Secaucus Coalition works to prevent addiction among youth. The group has recently made a splash with a video that has become highly sought out by anti-drug coalitions and prevention groups nationwide, according to the town.

SC Coordinator Dave Bratton offered a customizable version of the 30-second video that encourages residents to take their unwanted or expired medications to their local drop box for proper disposal.

Within a few days of sharing the video on (CADCA) Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Bratton got more than 80 requests from communities in 30 states.

To view the video, visit SecaucusCoalition.org. Secaucus residents can drop off unused or expired medications in the drop box located at the Town Hall police lobby, any day, any time.

“The Town of Secaucus is pleased to continue with the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant for a seventh year,” Bratton said.

Created by Congress in 1997, the Drug-Free Communities Support Program plays a vital part in mobilizing communities and using grants to prevent youth substance use.

“The DFC grant is an instrumental piece of our town’s efforts to reduce youth substance abuse in our community,” Brattonsaid. “We are committed in our work to reduce the harms of underage drinking, youth addiction to nicotine due to vaping, and we will continue to remain vigilant regarding new and emerging youth substance abuse issues.”

Pascrell has worked closely with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to bring increased resources to cities and community organizations fighting drug use. In 2018, he helped secure $450,000 in federal DFC awards for coalitions throughout Bergen and Hudson Counties.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is awarding an initial round of 150 new DFC grants representing a total federal investment of more than$18.7 million to community coalitions. Additional DFC grants will be announced in the coming months.

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