The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition has been awarded a five-year, $625,000 grant for substance abuse prevention programs targeting youths.
The organization, a community-based coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals, and advocates, uses existing resources to organize programs to identify the community’s needs and reduce substance abuse in Charlestown.
“The Drug-Free Communities Support Program recognizes the great potential of CSAC to mobilize and organize our community though our adolescent-to-adult programs to prevent substance use and abuse,” Beth Rosenshein, director of CSAC, said in a statement.
Those programs include school-based prevention curriculum, the coalition’s “Connect2Prevent” project that encourages and helps parents talk to their teens about alcohol and other drugs, and its Prescription Take Back Days.
Rosenshein said programs that keep children and teens away from drugs are “critical to a healthy and safe community here in Charlestown.”
The coalition will receive $125,000 each year from the grant. It is also supported by the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement.
“This federal grant will help the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition continue its great work in the community raising awareness about the dangers of substance abuse,” Congressman Michael Capuano, said in a statement. “I applaud CSAC on its work giving young people the knowledge and tools they need to remain drug free and ready to prosper in school, their communities, and the workplace.”