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Maloney Announces Critical Investments to Combat Substance Abuse in the Hudson Valley

Sep 23, 2014
Press Release
Maloney Announced Legislation Last Week to Combat Prescription Drug Use

Newburgh, NY –  Days after Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced legislation to help deter heroin and prescription drug abuse and assist individuals in receiving treatment for addiction, Rep. Maloney announced that five local organizations will receive a total of $625,000 in federal investments to strengthen communities through youth anti-substance abuse initiatives. Earlier this year, Rep. Maloney strongly supported these long-standing community organizations’ grant applications to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program.

“As a father and a neighbor, I've heard too many stories of the heroin and prescription drug epidemic hurting our families and friends. Working across all levels of government, we must do everything possible to protect our kids. This partnership with neighborhood coalitions and strategic investments will keep our children safe and strengthen our schools and communities,” said Rep. Maloney.

In New York’s 18th Congressional District, five local initiatives were awarded grants, including:

•           $125,000 for the Southern Dutchess Community Coalition (first time grant recipient);

•           $125,000 for the Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition;

•           $125,000 for the Middletown Cares Coalition;

•           $125,000 for Mount Kisco Drug & Alcohol Prevention Council;

•           $125,000 for Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth. 

“Since the Putnam County Communities That Cares Coalition's inception, our grassroots efforts, prevention strategies and initiatives, and the strong collaboration between the various sectors in our community have helped to reduce substance use amongst our youth. Since 2005, 30 day alcohol use has decreased (amongst grades 8-12) 19.5%, tobacco reduced 37.9% and marijuana use 3.2%. Progress is being made and we are honored to be able to continue to diligently serve the residents of Putnam County and are thankful to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration for this award,” said Elaine N. Santos of the Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition.

“The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc., lead agency for the Southern Dutchess Community Coalition, is pleased to be a recipient of the 2014 Drug Free Communities Grant.  These resources could not come at a more critical time as Dutchess, like many counties throughout NYS, wrestles with an opiate epidemic on top of high rates of underage drinking and rising use of marijuana among our adolescent and young adult populations,” said Elaine Trumpetto of the Southern Dutchess Community Coalition.

“The community partners of the Middletown Cares Coalition have worked collaboratively to reduce past 30-day alcohol use among Middletown 12th graders from 58% in 2008 to 37%, and because of compliance checks conducted by the Middletown Police Department those same students have stated that it is now harder to obtain alcohol.  The coalition has recently conducted a symposium on “Heroin Trends in the Hudson Valley”, created educational tools to remind citizens to lock up their prescription medications and developed materials identifying drug paraphernalia readily being sold in full view of children in local retain markets as tobacco products. The award of the 2014 Drug Free Communities Grant will enable the coalition to further protect Middletown’s youth,” said Peg Kimple of the Middletown Cares Coalition.

The $625,000 in federal grants were awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program, which provides grants to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts.  Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants to local communities nationwide. In particular, these grants will be used for youth anti-substance abuse initiatives to combat alcohol, heroin and prescription drug abuse in the Hudson Valley. In 2013, there were 89,269 admissions for heroin and prescription opioid abuse treatment in New York State alone, an increase from 63,793 in 2004. During this same time period, New Yorkers ages 18 to 24 had the largest increase in such admissions.

Since February 2014, Maloney has worked with the Office of Drug Control Policy to designate Dutchess and Putnam Counties as part of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) in order to bring additional local, state and federal law enforcement resources critical to combatting drug trafficking in the Hudson Valley. Last year, Rep. Maloney announced five local organizations were awarded $625,000 in Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program federal funding.