$1.25M award to fight substance use in Rhode Island

This is a photo of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse discussing federal funding, Monday, July 11, 2022. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse announced Friday that over a million dollars was awarded to fight substance use in Rhode Island.

The $1,250,000 award is from the White House Office of National Drug Policy and will be used to fight against the overdose epidemic and prevent youth substance use.

Ten Rhode Island Drug Free Communities organizations will each receive $125,000 in grant funding.

“We need a comprehensive and community-centered approach to turn the tide in the fight against the addiction epidemic that has taken an enormous toll on families across Rhode Island,” said Whitehouse. “I’m pleased to have helped secure this federal funding to support those efforts on the ground.”

The ten organizations that received $125,000 to fight drug use are:

  • East Providence Prevention Coalition
  • RISAS Kent County Prevention Coalition
  • Cranston Substance Abuse Task Force
  • Newport Prevention Coalition
  • Adamsville Strategic Prevention Partnerships
  • Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition
  • Warren Prevention Coalition
  • Johnston Prevention Coalition
  • Woonsocket Prevention Coalition
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