The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently issued $2.74 million in enhancement grants through the CARA Act of 2016 to current and former Drug-Free Communities programs.
The Sallisaw NOW (New Opportunities Working) Coalition is one of only two Oklahoma organizations that received a grant. The NOW Coalition received a three-year grant for $150,000, or $50,000 a year. The grant is through the Comprehensive Addition and Recovery Act (CARA).
Amy Edwards, prevention specialist with the Now Coalition, said this is the first year the coalition has been awarded the grant. Plans are to use the funds to purchase two additional prescription drop boxes and to continue the fight against opioid addition.
The coalition’s priorities are prescription drug abuse prevention, alcohol awareness and underage drinking prevention, nutrition, physical activity and tobacco control.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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