The White House’s drug policy office has awarded a $625,000 Drug-Free Communities grant to Human Understanding & Growth Services (HUGS), on behalf of the Sag Harbor Coalition, to prevent substance abuse among local youth.
The grant provides funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.
“Our goal is to make Sag Harbor a safe and healthy environment for our youth,” said Kym Laube, the executive director of HUGS. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and we will use this funding to help youth in Sag Harbor make healthy choices about substance use. This theme is echoed by the school and key leaders in the community.”
Michael Botticelli, the director of National Drug Control Policy, said, “We know that evidence-based prevention efforts are the most effective way to reduce youth substance use and to support the roughly 90 percent of American youth who do not use drugs. By bringing together schools, businesses, law enforcement, parent groups, and other members of the community, DFC-funded community coalitions are helping to protect youth from the devastating consequences of non-medical prescription drug use, heroin and other substance use.”