Drug-Free Communities

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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has evolved rapidly across the United States.

CDC is aware that COVID-19 may create competing priorities for many DFC coalitions as they must reallocate staff time and resources. CDC is working with coalitions to make workplan changes when needed.

Preventing youth substance use is critical

Preventing youth substance use is critical to ending the drug crisis in America. The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. Created in 1997 by the Drug-Free Communities Act, administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and now managed by CDC, the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Currently, ONDCP funds more than 700 community coalitions across the country in all 50 states. DFC grant recipients are awarded up to $125,000 per year.