Cabarrus County Health Alliance awarded $625,000 grant to prevent youth substance abuse – WSOC TV

CABARRUS COUNTY – The Cabarrus County Health Alliance has received a five-year Drug-Free Communities Grant worth $625,000.

Cabarrus County was one of only four communities in North Carolina to receive the funding this year. This is the second time that the Cabarrus Health Alliance and the Healthy Cabarrus Substance Use Coalition have received this federal funding.

The DFC Support Program is one of the nation’s leading efforts in preventing and reducing youth substance abuse, including marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs.

CHA Health Director Dr. Bonnie Coyle said the funding will allow CHA Health to continue to raise awareness and prevent substance abuse among youth throughout Cabarrus County.

“These funds will allow us to prioritize the prevention of youth substance use in our community. Coyle said, “We’ve seen an increase in youth-reported alcohol and tobacco use, including vaping and e-cigarettes, over the past few years.”

In 2021, a youth substance survey in Cabarrus asked students why other children use alcohol and drugs. Students could choose more than one answer. These are the first three:

  • “Children use drugs to cope with the pressures and stress of school” (62.6%)
  • “Children think drugs help them when they are going through a difficult time” (62.3%)
  • “Children think drugs help solve problems at home” (58%)

The grant comes from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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