Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)
- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council will receive a $74,358 grant to combat drug and alcohol abuse among the area’s youth.
The funds will be used to support the Fighting Back Coalition in achieving its goals of reducing substance abuse among youth and strengthening community anti-drug coalitions. Specifically, the money will be spent on the implementation of five strategies:
- Continue to deliver the Transitions Program to area youth, designed to prepare junior and senior high students for issues they may face when entering college or the workforce;
- Continue to administer the Media Literacy Program, which integrates media literacy messages with education;
- Maintain the Prevention Resource Center clearinghouse which provides substance abuse information to members of the community free-of-charge;
- Continue to utilize the Speaker’s Bureau to provide information to organizations and groups in the community; and
- Increase coalition membership through active recruitment.
“Substance abuse prevention programs are an important element in the successful development of South Carolina’s youth,” said Graham, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights.
The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.