The Power of Prevention based in Caribou is the recipient of $125,000 in Drug Free Community grant funds to involve and engage Aroostook County to prevent substance use among youth. The grant will be administered by Cary Medical Center.
The DFC program provides grants of up to $625,000 over 5 years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts.
“We are not powerless against the challenge of drug use among young people here in Aroostook County”, said Kathy Mazzuchelli, President of the Power of Prevention Coalition board of directors. “Research shows that prevention is the most effective tool we have to reduce the terrible consequences associated with drug use among young people. This new funding will allow the Power of Prevention to help place more young people on the path toward success and enable them to live healthier lives.”
The Power of Prevention will specifically work to address substance use by young people throughout Aroostook County. Increasing awareness of the problems associated with illicit use, working with schools, addressing issues such as bullying, will all be part of the effort.