OC Anti-Drug Coalition receives grant

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On hand to discuss the grant are, sitting from left, Judge Daryl Colson, OCADC President; Natasha Mackie, OCADC Executive Director; Jessica Stephens, standing, OCADC Board Members Christina Carr, Wanda Krantz, Rita Reagan-Underhill, Thelma Danner, and Tim McLauchlin.

In a recent press release, Judge Daryl Colson announced that the Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition (OCADC) has been awarded the coveted Drug Free Communities grant

Colson, who is a member of the Board of Directors, said, “This grant is focused on prevention programs which will allow the Coalition to broadly expand drug education programs to students at a younger age, as well as to implement many community wide drug prevention programs.”

Board Member Rita Reagan-Underhill added, “The board of directors have worked very hard to obtain this grant as it will have a major impact on the drug prevention measures within this county.

“Drug abuse prevention has become an important first step in informing our children about the dangers of addiction.”

According to Judge Colson, this grant will allow the coalition to reach children at a much earlier age to educate them about the dangers of drug abuse.

The Drug Free Community grant is the largest grant offered for prevention programs. This year, only 43 counties in the nation received the grant, with Overton County being one of them. The grant is $125,000 per year for 5 years and is renewable for an additional 5 years, for a total of $1.1 million dollars to be used in Overton County to address drug prevention measures.

“This accomplishment is the result of many years of hard work by the Directors of the Coalition,” Colson said.

Natasha Mackie, Executive Director, added, “The Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition is located in the basement of Joe L. Evins Community Center and is open 5 days a week to provide any further information or prevention programs.”