BACKGROUND: Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) just introduced the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Enhancement Act of 2010 (S. 3031) to help communities deal more effectively with major emerging drug trends and local drug crises.
WHAT DOES THE ACT DO?
- The DFC Enhancement Act of 2010 authorizes $5 million per year for fiscal years 2011 through 2015 to allow current or former DFC grantees to apply for supplemental funds of up to $75K on a dollar for dollar matching basis for up to four years
- Eligible applicants must be able to document, using local data, that there is an emerging local drug issue or a local drug crisis within the community
- For the purposes of the Act:
- the term emerging local drug issue means, with respect to the area served by a coalition, a sudden increase in the use or abuse of a particular drug in the community as documented by local data
- the term local drug crisis means, that with respect to the area served by a coalition, the use of a specific drug at levels that are significantly higher than the national average in the area, over a sustained period of time, from a baseline determined by locally collected data.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Using CADCA’s CapWiz system, fax the sample letter to your Senators to ask them to be co-sponsors the DFC Enhancement Act. The more Senators who sign on as co-sponsors, the more likely the bill is to ultimately pass.
TIMING: Please fax your Senators as soon as possible.
CADCA’s fax system allows you to automatically fax CADCA’s sample letter on this issue to your legislators from CADCA’s website. To send faxes to your legislators, go to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/.
If you would like to personalize your letter with examples from your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a MS Word version of the sample letter.