|Posted:||March 15, 2019 12:57 PM|
|From:||Representative Joanna E. McClinton|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Substance Abuse and Demand Reduction Fund|
|Recent statistics paint a somber picture: Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose today than in a car accident. The proliferation of drugs on our streets has had a detrimental effect on our neighborhoods, especially with regards to our young people. When alcohol and drugs are consumed at an early age, the risk for dependency later in life increases. As legislators, we should do all we can to provide our communities with the necessary tools to fight the epidemic of drug abuse on our streets and in our classrooms.
The Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Fund provides funding for research-based approaches to prevention, and for youth and workforce education and prevention programs. This important fund also supports the Attorney General’s Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program. Half of the fees levied on individuals convicted of drug and DUI offenses are deposited into this fund, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, with the other half going to counties.
Millions of dollars in grant money are distributed each and every year to eligible recipients, but more work needs to be done to better respond to the problem of substance abuse in our schools and neighborhoods. My proposal would make various changes to this fund, including:
Introduced as HB1218