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Drug-Free Communities Act

  • By: Kevin A. Sabet
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 established the “Drug-Free Communities Support” program, which directly funds community grantees to use a multisectoral strategy to reduce substance abuse. It was actively promoted by Congressmen Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sander Levin (D-MI) and Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Joe Biden (D-DE).

In response to a death of a 16-year-old boy in his district, Congressman Rob Portman was urged by his constituents to create national legislation that would assist local communities in developing an anti-drug strategy. Portman attended a briefing given by the House of Representatives’ “Speaker's Drug Task Force,” led by Dennis Hastert, on anti-drug efforts. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)—an outgrowth of the 1991 Presidential Drug Advisory Group—presented at this briefing. Congressman Portman was particularly struck ...

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