An Important Message about Substance Abuse Prevention in the Inland Empire

Statement

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: Oct. 1, 2012
Location: Unknown

Earlier this summer, I was proud to announce that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) awarded a $125,000 grant to the Upland chapter of the Partners for Innovative Communities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating innovative communities that are sustainable economically, socially and environmentally. The funding is part of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), and will be used to facilitate greater citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts.

The rate of overall drug use in the U.S. has declined by roughly 30 percent since 1979. To build on this progress and support public health approaches to drug control, the Obama Administration has requested over $10 billion in Fiscal Year 2013 for drug prevention programs and support for expanding access to drug treatment for people suffering from substance use disorders.

I believe that the driving forces of substance abuse prevention are the local community prevention and treatment programs that engage youth and their families in every facet of their lives -- home, school, church, playgrounds, and community centers. This funding will go a long ways to keeping more of our kids in school and off drugs, and will help to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across the Inland Empire.

For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy or the Drug Free Communities Support Program, visit:www.WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP.