Representative Ann Kirkpatrick today announced that Citizens Against Substance Abuse, a partner of the Coconino County Alliance Against Drugs, will receive new support from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to aid its drug and alcohol awareness and prevention program. The community-based initiative builds on the work of local law enforcement to teach children and adults about the dangers of substance abuse and develops programs aimed at reducing the spread of drugs in our communities.
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Arizona's only representative on the House Committee on Homeland Security, is fighting to make Washington secure our border and keep Mexican drug cartels out of Greater Arizona. She has personally met with ONCDP Director Gil Kerlikowske to discuss strategies to protect District One families. With this assistance from ONDCP's Drug Free Communities Support Program, Citizens Against Substance Abuse will continue its work to reduce and prevent substance abuse in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas.
"As we continue the fight to strengthen border security, we must make a comprehensive effort to stop drug gangs and smugglers from trafficking in our communities," said Rep. Kirkpatrick. "Anti-drug programs, like the one at Citizens Against Substance Abuse, are an important part of the solution.
"This coalition helps people make smart choices, limiting the number of first-time users and reducing demand for illegal substances. Their work is helping to keep drug dealers off our streets."
Citizens Against Substance Abuse was selected to participate in the program because of its history of pushing to reduce substance abuse, its broad-based support and its long-term plan for a drug-free Coconino County.
"In rural Arizona, teaching our kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol literally saves lives," said Connie Leto, Executive Director of Citizens Against Substance Abuse. "Congresswoman Kirkpatrick has provided critical support to the battle to get our message out. Thanks in part to her efforts, we are helping to bring Coconino families together to reduce substance abuse, keep our children on the path to success and make our area a safer place to live."
The Drug Free Communities Support Program was established in 1997 as a national initiative managed by ONDCP, partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to help civic groups get folks involved in anti-drug efforts.