New Drug Prevention Program Kicks Off in Selma

wal-drugfree-pkgFrom the West Alabama Newsroom–

A new initiative launches in Selma and Dallas County that aims to make the community safer and drug-free.

The Drug Free Communities Program of Dallas County is part of a national drug prevention effort that puts resources into local communities to help fight substance abuse.

Jerria Martin is the director of the new program.

“Dallas County really suffers, you know, we’re really struggling in that drug arena. And that drug problem is at the center, is at the heart of almost all of our problems,” said Martin.

“When you look at the poverty, when you look at the gang and the violence, we know that the center of that is drugs.”

The program is funded by the Dallas County Children’s Policy Council through a $625,000 dollar, five year federal grant.

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