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The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently awarded $83,768 to Tipton County’s Anti-Drug Coalition (ACT) in the prevention of youth substance abuse in Tipton County.

The award, one of 166 grants in the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) support program, will be used to involve, engage and educate Tipton Countians about the severity of substance abuse among youth.

The Anti-Drug Coalition is comprised of community members working together to address tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drug abuse by the youth in Tipton County.

Most recently the coalition held a billboard contest within the Tipton County school system. The “tobacco free” billboard is located on the left hand side of Hwy. 51 heading North into Covington. The coalition has also presented at local schools, handed out materials and information at parent-teacher conferences and was an active participant in “Drug Take Back” day in October, among other activities and events.

“We are not powerless against the challenge of drug use among young people here in Tipton County,” said Robin Racine, coalition coordinator. “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 Tipton County to help place more young people on the path toward success and enable them to live healthier and safer lives.”

In 1997, the DFC program was created under the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 and has awarded nearly 2,000 grants.

For more information on ACT, contact Racine at 901-471-1531.

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