Twice a year, the DEA holds a prescription Take Back Day dedicated to disposing of old, unwanted, or unused medications. People across the nation participate in this unofficial holiday to help reduce the likelihood of someone misusing or abusing medications. You can drop your medications at any of the locations below from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 27th. If you are unable to participate on Saturday, there are permanent drop boxes located throughout Hudson County that can be accessed at any time!
Pascrell Announces $450,000 in Drug-Free Community Grants
Aug 29, 2018
Awards will help communities fight scourge of substance use among children
PATERSON, NJ – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) celebrated the announcement by the Office of National Drug Control Policy that it was awarding four grants totaling $450,000 to coalitions in Secaucus, Tenafly, and Hudson County dedicated to keeping children away from harmful substances.
“Keeping our children off drugs and alcohol takes the work of family and community together. These coalitions are at the frontlines of the fight, and awards like Drug-Free Communities are vital to recognizing their work and giving them the resources to keep having a positive impact,” said Rep. Pascrell. “As every community in America continues to grapple with the terrible opioid epidemic, we need to work as one with every tool we can get our hands on. The continued support of the Drug-Free Communities Program is one of those tools, and it is making big difference for our children.”
“The Town of Secaucus is pleased to continue with the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant,” said Dave Brattion, Program Coordinator of the Secaucus Coalition. “The Secaucus Coalition members are excited to continue to use the grant as a foundation for our work to reduce youth substance abuse in our community. We have made strides in raising awareness about alcohol and prescription drug abuse, and will continue those efforts as we face new and emerging substance abuse challenges such as youth vaping and marijuana abuse.”
“We are very excited to receive this grant. Through our longstanding relationship with the North Bergen Municipal Alliance/Prevention Coalition and with the help of this grant, we will be able to provide guidance to North Bergen as they continue to expand,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “The North Bergen Coalition will now be able to concentrate on efforts salient to their community. We truly appreciate the support from our public officials in securing this grant.”
A list of recipients of Drug-Free Community grants:
$125,000 to the town of Secaucus
$125,000 to the Lindsay Meyer Memorial Foundation in Secaucus
$125,000 to Tenafly Public Schools in Tenafly
$75,000 to the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community
Administered through the annual Drug-Free Communities Support Program, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded 731 grants and issued 156 new awards of $19.5M for Fiscal Year 2018. With community coalitions in all 50 states, this year’s grant awards are the highest in the program’s history – a $90.9M investment. Created by Congress in 1997, the Drug-Free Communities Support Program is the nation’s leading player in mobilizing communities and using grants to community coalitions to build and strengthen bonds between local partners to prevent youth substance use.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement, and media. By involving the community in a solution-oriented approach, Drug-Free Community also helps those youth at risk for substance use recognize that the majority of America’s youth choose not to use drugs.
Rep. Pascrell has worked closely with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to bring increased resources to cities and community organizations fighting drug use. In October 2014, he helped win $1.25M for the Rutherford Community Prevention Coalition.
On May 31, over 100 high school student athletes and coaches from throughout New Jersey gathered together at Monmouth University for the Miles Austin Student Athlete Conference. This unique event was coordinated by the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute and was sponsored by the Austin Family Foundation. Miles Austin had a ten year career with the NFL, most notably as a Dallas Cowboy. Austin attended LMTI as a teenager, and wanted to partner with LMTI to provide student athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills that they can use both on and off the field. Student athletes spent the day hearing from Austin, current NFL player DeMarco Murray, and other motivating presenters. They participated in workshops that focused on Developing a Winning Mindset, College Athletics, Leadership Skills On and Off the Field, and Maintaining your Motivation. Through a panel discussion, students were also able to ask questions and interact with Austin, Murray, sports psychologists, and collegiate athletes. For more information, please visit www.Lmteeninstitute.org
The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) is committed to reducing youth substance use and educating our community through active projects. This year we participated in National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance use disorders, by hosting a county-wide event at the Bayonne Public Library called Hidden in Plain Sight on Wednesday, May 16th.
Hidden in Plain Sight is centered around a mock teenager’s bedroom where attendees are guided through the exhibit by prevention specialists that explain various substance use trends, paraphernalia and hiding spots, signs, symptoms, and lingo in an effort to raise awareness about substance use and provide resources for parents and community members to help keep their families healthy and drug-free. Immediately following the exhibit and presentation, a panel of professionals was made available for an open discuss and Q&A session with the audience. The panel consisted of representation from: the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Bayonne Public Schools, Bayonne Police Department, CarePoint Health, The Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services, Partners in Prevention, and the recovery community.
Pascrell Announces $50,000 in Drug Prevention Grants
Federal grants will fund community initiatives in Hudson County to combat substance abuse WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $50,000 to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Hudson County to assist the organization in combatting youth substance abuse. The grant was made available through the Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program. “The opioid epidemic has been a plague on families and communities throughout our country,” said Rep. Pascrell. “We must do everything we can on the federal level to secure the resources necessary to combat this problem head-on. This grant money will help NCADD bolster its efforts in Hudson County to protect our communities from the harmful impacts of opioid and substance abuse. I am always committed to seeing that Garden State towns and cities receive every penny of federal resources that they need to tackle our most pressing problems. As long as this epidemic persists, I will continue to fight for funding that will directly support local efforts to address opioid abuse and misuse in our communities.”
“The CARA grant broadens our coalition’s efforts to decrease the misuse of prescription medications in Hudson County,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “We will utilize this funding to implement environmental strategies that bring awareness and impact change by partnering with health professionals, law enforcement, and other community leaders. We appreciate this opportunity to increase our prevention services and thank the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the award and Congressman Pascrell for his support of this grant.”
“This grant will go a long way in combatting opioid and substance abuse in our community,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “I want to thank NCADD of Hudson County for their work on this important issue and Congressman Pascrell for his efforts in making this grant possible.” “We need to recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis and that addiction and substance abuse are health issues of great concern in our communities. The drug prevention grants are vital towards combating this epidemic,” said Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos.
Background on CARA The Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which was strongly supported by Rep. Pascrell. The goal of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-to-18 in communities throughout the United States. ###